Australian cricket needs surgery
Writing in the Age, Peter Roebuck says that Cricket Australia needs to implement substantial improvements in the domestic game in an attempt to restore standards and that Australian cricket is in trouble primarily because it has taken its strength for granted.
Australia's deterioration did not happen overnight. It has been a creeping decline covered for years by the brilliance of the national side. Although Australians long ago stopped measuring themselves against England, a heavy Ashes defeat ought to give the entire community pause for thought. The time has come to stop protecting patches, and to start rebuilding the pyramid.
Akhila Ranganna is assistant editor (Audio) at ESPNcricinfo