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Cricket Australia clinch the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a draw against India

Australia claimed the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on Tuesday as the third Test against India ended in a draw at the MCG.

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The two teams agreed to a draw with four overs to go on the fifth day in Melbourne, with India still 210 runs behind, while the home side needed four wickets to win.

Despite the draw, Australia wrapped up the Border-Gavaskar Trophy as they had already won the opening two Tests of the four-match series.

Australia batted out the first session of the fifth day, seemingly waiting for Shaun Marsh to score a century, but he ran himself out on 99, while they eventually declared at lunch with a 384-run lead.

India lost two wickets in the opening three overs and a third in the ninth as they slumped to 19-3 but, for the second time in the match, Australia struggled to dismiss Virat Kohli (54) and Ajinkya Rahane (48) and that would eventually deny the hosts victory.

Rookie captain Steve Smith's decision to bat so long on Tuesday and call the draw 24 deliveries before time will undoubtedly be questioned but, in the end, Australia effectively batted India out of the match, ensuring the Border-Gavaskar Trophy would change hands.

Australia resumed on 261-7 with Marsh 62 not out and Ryan Harris unbeaten on eight.

Smith's side struggled to get going, however, with the first session, which was punctuated by a couple of rain delays, barely getting out of second gear.

Harris was dismissed for 21 in the 19th over of the day and Marsh was back in the pavilion three overs later after attempting a run that was never on for his century, when he pushed the ball to Kohli at mid-on.

Another over was completed before Smith finally declared at 318-9 but after the lunch break the local skipper's decision seemed inspired as Harris trapped Shikhar Dhawan lbw for a duck in the second over.

Debutant Lokesh Rahul was thrust up the order to number three but lasted just six deliveries before he was caught by Shane Watson off Mitchell Johnson's bowling for one and India were 5-2.

Murali Vijay (11) was next to go but that saw Rahane join Kohli at the crease and the duo that both scored centuries in the first innings set about frustrating their opponents throughout the second session.

While both Kohli and Rahane lost their wickets in the third session, captain MS Dhoni (21) and Ravi Ashwin (eight) stayed unbeaten to earn a draw.

Harris had Australia's best figures of 2-30 off 16 overs, while Johnson (2-38 off 15) and Josh Hazlewood (2-40 off 15) were the other wicket-takers.

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