Melbourne:Former Pakistan fast bowler Waqar Younis on Wednesday said Australia will face a difficult period in their cricketing fortunes as they grapple with the retirements of some of the game's greatest players.
Speaking about Australia's poor performance in India, Waqar, who was present today at the launch of the ICC Women's World Cup in Sydney, said, "This is the first time the Australians have got a little exposed with no Glenn McGrath, no Shane Warne and (not) playing in your own country with the bouncy tracks."
Waqar said the biggest problem the Australians will have to tackle was the lack of world class spinners.
"You don't really have any spinners and that's the biggest drawback at the moment for the Australians. I don't really see anyone in the line-up who's going to do really good as a spinner.
"We're used to Shane Warne coming up and taking six, seven, eight wickets. That's not going to happen (and) it's not going to happen in the near future so Ricky Ponting's got to think differently now," said the former Pakistan captain who took 373 wickets in 87 Tests.
Asked if he thought Australian cricket was headed for a down swing, Younis said, "It looks like it."