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The Australians have lost their supreme dominance in international cricket—and other sports as well. What’s going on?

By David Goldblatt   January 2011

Beach cricket in Perth—but have the Australians been hit for six?

Who would have thought at the turn of the century that, ten years later, we would be in an Ashes series in which England started as the favourites—and in which their victory would confirm the rumour that the Australian sporting miracle was over. The last time the Australian began the series as an underdog was 1989. They crushed England 4-0 and kept the Ashes until 2005. Along the way they became the undisputed number one cricketing nation.

The Aussie dominance in cricket was just the leading edge of…

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