"There are definitely factors and incentives attached to this particular series".
In contrast, India were disciplined with rock solid number three Cheteshwar Pujara scoring another century and Kohli showing restraint and composure, while debutant Mayank Agarwal impressed at the top of the order with 76 in his first Test knock.
Bumrah claimed 3-53 in the second innings for a match haul of 9-86, and was deservedly named man of the match. We've just got to be able to score enough runs to give our bowling attack a chance to line them up. If there were doubts earlier, it's pretty clear that Australia need their best batsmen back in the fray as soon as they're available.
Australia will take on India for the Test series finale from January 3-7, at the SCG.
Fifth-ranked Australia has added legspinner Marnus Labuschagne to its squad for the Sydney test.
After being hammered by the Aussies in the Perth Test, Virat Kohli & Co. displayed exemplary grit and determination to come out tops in the all important Boxing Day Test.
The Melbourne pitch offered little pace and bounce for Australia's fast bowlers, who toiled for nearly two days as India scored 443-7 declared in its first innings.
India declared their second innings 106/8 asking Australia to tackle the fourth innings conditions at the MCG.
AUSTRALIA captain Tim Paine has been left frustrated by the pitches rolled out for the Border-Gavaskar Test series, declaring that the decks have worked against the hosts.
However, a frustrated Paine says Australia's job has been made all the more hard by home curators rolling the red carpet out for India by preparing inadequate pitches.
Smith and Warner were both suspended for a year by Cricket Australia, with Cameron Bancroft ruled out for nine months, due to their involvement in the national team's ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March.
Tailender Cummins, who is rapidly proving himself to a very capable all-rounder, some even say a future Australia captain, had kept his side in the hunt with an impressive 61 not out on Saturday.
Nearly all the teams have struggled to bat in the last innings of a Test this year as we witnessed multiple batting collapses from top cricketing nations like India, Pakistan, South Africa, and Australia.
But play eventually resumed after lunch and it was only a matter of time before India bundled Australia out to register a 137-run victory.
Aaron Finch again flopped at the top of the order, throwing his role as a Test opener under more scrutiny with growing speculation that he will be axed.