Melbourne:Not accustomed with a series loss at home, Australian skipper Ricky Ponting on Friday admited that the gap between their best and worst performance has been huge but said it will serve as a learning lesson for the world champions.
"Heading into the last Test against South Africa, beginning tomorrow at the SCG, with a series already lost is a feeling none of us is accustomed to. Some of the younger guys in the team were still in primary school when Australia last lost a series at home 16 years ago.
"Unfortunately the gap between our best cricket and our worst cricket has been far too great. That's what we all have to learn from and try to improve heading into Sydney. There were some invaluable lessons, particularly for the younger guys, about just how disciplined you have to be, how well you have to execute your plans and how long you have to execute them for," Ponting was quoted as saying in the Australian.
Faced with a crunch of players, Ponting conceded that absence of the players like Warne and McGrath is the main difference between the past and present team.
"Those teams with guys like Warne and McGrath were so relentless with the way they went about their bowling and executing their plans. They just wore other teams down. We haven't been able to do that. We haven't put enough pressure on to stop the run rate ticking over and we've put catches down at crucial times," he said.