These days the Australian slips cordon is terrible, especially compared to previous cordons. You had Taylor, the Waugh brothers, Hayden, Warne etc. Now we have Clarke in first slip, Ponting in second (who is good) and whoever in third when we use it (didn't pay much attention during this test).
How good was it when we had an off side field of
Slips - Hayden, Ponting, Warne
Gully - Hussey
Point - Clarke
Covers - Symonds
Now the Australian side isn't as good in the fielding aspect of the game, as well as batting and bowling, compared to previous years.