Is Australia's dominance over? October 23, 2008

Down or out?

The defeat in Mohali has underlined that Australia are more vulnerable than ever. Does it mark the end of their decade and more of domination, though?



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Kim Hughes
former Australia captain
The challenge I feel is now for India to follow up this victory in the next two Tests. Australia played very well in Bangalore and could've won that game if the Indian tailenders had not played so well. To be the best you need to beat the opposition convincingly. To be No.1 you've to be the best for at least two years, and Australia have been for the last ten years at least. So for countries like India the reality is that a few of their own legends are going to retire soon.

Bishan Singh Bedi
former India captain
Let's not kid ourselves. After being on top for a very long time, one doesn't just vanish. It's all part of the game. They will plug the holes very quickly because they have a very strong system. I wouldn't hasten to judge the present situation. The Aussies have always performed consistenly over a longish period, and that is well established.

Mike Gatting
former England captain
Certainly, from what they were, when you lose world-class players like Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist, you just can't replace that at all. So one would say they aren't as strong as they were. I would say their dominance is likely to be challenged from all parts of the world. India obviously have shown they can do that. But England, South Africa, and even Sri Lanka at home will fancy their chances. Australia have come down towards the major pack again, and there'll be quite a bit of fight happening there.

Ray Jennings
former South Africa coach
Australian cricket still has the depth - probably not enough to dominate in the way they've dominated in the past but still to be in the top three. In sport you do have ways of dominance. I mean India have also dominated because of the quality players, the seniors, they've got. They'll have to start looking for new permutations. South Africa are in the same boat. But Australia's rebuilding phase will be a lot quicker than most countries because they've got the depth and they've got the experience of playing around the world.

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