As Australia face the potential end of their 16-match winning streak Robert Craddock in the Herald Sun asks the question, is this the finish of a great cricketing dynasty?

It is a fair question and one that must be asked in the wake of not just yesterday's collapse, but the startling themes of the past seven days of bare-knuckled Test combat between Australia and India. Even if Australia wriggles off the canvas and wins the third Test, it can be said with some surety that the mighty Australian aura is fading. Since the start of the Sydney Test, India has stood toe-to-toe and eyeball-to-eyeball with Australia, highlighting some deficiencies and cutting down some lofty reputations.

Greg Baum in the Age looks at the strangely unfamiliar Australia line-up that struggled on the second day in Perth.

This was something of an unknown Australia, sapped, by circumstance and attrition, of much of its renowned hard-headedness. Missing were not only Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Justin Langer, but here, temporarily, Matthew Hayden; four stronger players in the mind Australia has not known. In their place were four players with a total of 13 Tests between them and already learning harsh lessons about how begrudging opponents, umpires and luck are in Test cricket.

In the same paper Chloe Saltau chats to Australia’s fitness advisor to find out how the players keep soldiering on in 40-degree heat.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here