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Aussie media slams team after loss

cricket Updated: Oct 22, 2008 15:40 IST

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The Australian media today flayed Ricky Ponting and his teammates for the "insipid" loss against India in the second Test and said the humiliation at Mohali reinforced India's new-found domination against the world champions.

Under the headline 'Era of domination at an end', 'The Australian' said the "insipid 320-run loss reinforces India's new-found domination against Australia (with) two wins and two draws since narrowly losing the spiteful Sydney Test."

"India has turned world cricket upside down by bullying Australia into submission, leaving the fast-fading world champion in danger of losing Border-Gavaskar Trophy," it said.

'Daily Telegraph' said Australian cricket team hit a generational low with its demoralising defeat by a rampaging India, adding the team had been brutally exposed without the retired greats Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne.

"Australia has been seriously outplayed and out-verballed in the match. A colossus which strode the world virtually unchallenged for more than a decade, Australia is now finding that India is treating it in the same way that Australia confronted the West Indies to claim the world crown in 1995.

"Australia has done well over the last year or so to cover the chasm left by retiring greats McGrath, Warne and Gilchrist, but they have been brutally exposed here," it said.

The Australians were outclassed and humbled and they caved in with their tails hanging between their legs, 'Sydney Morning Herald' said in a piece by commentator Peter Roebuck.

"Australia have lost before but it's been a long time since they were so comprehensively taken apart. No one expected them to be brushed away like dust off a table. No one expected them to cave in or depart with their tails hanging between their legs."

Roebuck took potshots at Ponting who claimed before the series that India were "trapped in a time warp" and his team would employ a "new age game" to get the better of the hosts.

"The Australians were humbled. Now comes the time to be humble. Ricky Ponting's team was outbatted, outbowled, outfielded, out-thought, outrun, outcaptained and outclassed. India played an aggressive game with cool heads. With Australia it was the reverse.

"So much for the new age Ponting proclaimed at the start of series. So much for designation of the hosts as trapped in a time warp. Arrogance of that sort often rebounds," he wrote.

"The result was not a complete surprise. India's great players have outlasted their counterparts -- besides which, Australia had not defeated these opponents legitimately since the Boxing Day Test (in Melbourne in India's tour Down Under).

"Betrayed at the SCG, India have won two and drawn two of the ensuing Tests. Moreover, they had grown stronger even as the visitors faded. India's opening batsmen and new-ball bowlers dominated this contest. None of them played in Melbourne. Defeat has been coming.

"Since the retirement of McGrath, Warne and Gilchrist, the Australians have been living on borrowed time. It is not possible to replace great cricketers with good cricketers and retain the same standard."

'The Age' said in the absence of Warne, McGrath and Gilchrist, the Australians are no more the formidable side they once were.

"Of course, the flaws of beaten sides always are more obvious than their strengths. But India in this match made Australia look as Australia has frequently made others look.

"There was never going to be another Warne, and another Gilchrist. For now, Australia will have to make do with mere mortals. Increasingly, it is proving a humbling experience."