Like the title indicates, is this the beginning of the end for Australian cricket? With Damien Martyn retiring a few weeks ago and now Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath poised to announce their departure from the international game the strength of this current side is about to drop significantly. How long will it be before Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist and Justin Langer hang up their boots and call it a day? While Australia will still have some fantastic players I don't think it's in any doubt that they will not be as strong as they have been for the past 10 or 15 years and they may struggle to remain the #1 ranked side in the world.
I hope that this will not go the same way as it did when Marsh, Lillee and Chappell all retired but I just feel with the nucleus of this current side being slowly ripped out how long will it be before we see the Australian's lose test matches and even test series again? Certainly with Ponting, Hussey, Clarke, Lee and Clark they will still have a strong side but will the others that pull on the baggy green be able to step up to the plate and attempt to fill the massive void left? Will they be as dominant as they have been? Is this the beginning of the end?