Beaten Australia struggle without banned batsmen - Paine


On the final day, rain delayed the start but once the play resumed Bumrah dismissed Cummins to take India one step closer to a memorable victory.

Cummins, who has been Australia's best fast bowler in the first three Tests against India with 14 wickets at an average of 20.07, had earlier missed the ODI series in England and the two Tests against Pakistan in the UAE owing to injuries.

Not one Australian has managed to secure a century so far and tail-ender Pat Cummins's 63 was the highest score by the home side in Melbourne, an embarrassment for his top-order team mates. Jasprit Bumrah - who was also named man-of-the-match - wasted no time in getting his length and with just his eighth ball of the day induced an outside edge off Cummins' blade for with Cheteshwar Pujara completing a simple chance at first slip.

Top-ranked India set up its victory with an imposing first-innings tally of 443-7, which was scored in nearly two days of batting on a slow-paced pitch. Instinctively, everyone like I said, you have a gut feeling of playing a shot or bowling a particular ball.

In spite of a first innings lead of 292 runs, India did not enforce a follow-on on Australia.

Usman Khawaja's century in Dubai remains the only Test hundred scored by any Australian in nearly a year, a horror slump that highlights how much the team relied on banned superstars Steve Smith and David Warner.

Waugh feels Travis Head, Australia's leading run-scorer in the series against India, should bat at No.4 ahead of captain Tim Paine, Labuschagne, and Mitchell Marsh. Even though he (Vihari) scored less runs, the fact that he played out the new ball and played his role perfectly, meant that we could do what we did in the first innings.

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"We're having a really long summer now, there's a small window for IPL then we've got four and a half months of World Cup and Ashes", he said.

Paine said Australia's inexperienced batting lineup was "learning on the job".

Australia's top six may have struggled to make over 300 runs but opposition teams are piling on the runs, meaning Australia has only claimed three wins in Tests this season.

"Pujara has been a lot more flexible in altering his game very quickly".

And worryingly for the Australians, the Sydney Cricket Ground surface is expected to be dry and favour the spinners as well. "It's a massive honor to play Test match cricket for Australia and we're not going to give up this Test match lightly", he said.

India's Virat Kohli on the sideline awaits the commencement of play during day five of the third cricket test between India and Australia in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018.