After the Perth result it is pretty clear that the aussies are in decline and slid far worse than expected. I had expected the aussies post the Mcgrath & Warne era not to be a invincible force but at least be a dominant force (like the Taylor era). I would have expected them to win home matches.
But the Aussie bowling unit is faring pretty badly and unless they pull up their socks their downslide would continue further. To win test matches you need a good bowling attack and the aussie attack lacks teeth. If a bowling unit cannot defend 414 at home then it says a lot about the quality of the attack.
I had always maintained that Punter was an average captain and his captaincy skills have been exposed during the Indian series and this test match. He started by bowling Lee from the wrong end and his decision not to bowl Symonds was suprising. Punter was the captain of a great team but never a great captain.
Punter as usual has come with his excuses and I expect RugbySlayer, SuperKanga, LethalClark to come with their load of excuses.