<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Australia may never regain glory days, opines Steve Waugh" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130802103435.jpg" title="Australia may never regain glory days, opines Steve Waugh" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Steve Waugh (above) once again urged Australian selectors to persist with Michael Clarke and co © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Aug 14, 2013 </strong><br /> <br /> Former captain <a href="/tags/Steve-Waugh/post" target="_blank">Steve Waugh</a> opines that <a href="/tags/Australia/post" target="_blank">Australia </a>might never again dominate international cricket as it did a few years ago, terming that era under the leadership of Mark Taylor, Ricky Ponting and himself as 'freakish’.<br /> <br /> Australia <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Ashes-2013-Stuart-Broad-masterminds-74-run-victory-in-4th-Test/29888#" target="_blank">lost the Ashes for the third consecutive time</a> when they succumbed to a 74-run loss to England in the fourth Test at Durham this Monday.<br /> <br /> Waugh was quoted as saying by the <em>Sydney Morning Herald</em>: "We may never regain the glory days we had, that was pretty much a freakish era. If you look at the West Indies, they dominated 10 years before us and [then] we did it. I don't think you'll see a team do that again because there's three forms of the game which means your players will be split up."<br /> <br /> Waugh added, "It's hard to be consistent across all those forms and, mentally, players are going to be tired if they're playing the three forms."<br /> <br /> The former Australian great reminded the fans about the failures that he went through at the start of his career, saying the selectors need to show faith in <a href="/tags/Michael-Clarke/post" target="_blank">Michael Clarke</a>’s men.<br /> <br /> Waugh explained, "We have to be patient. I keep saying to people I didn't score a century until my 26th Test [and] I wasn't part of a win until my 13th Test. I saw Steven Smith being bagged today that he'd only had two wins out of his first 11 Tests … well, I had none out of 13! We've got to remember you can't always be successful straight away and we have to give these guys a bit of leeway."<br /> <br /> Waugh also cited the example of Phil Hughes, who has been in and out of the playing XI frequently.<br /> <br /> Waugh said, "Phil Hughes has been dropped three times already in his career but he's scored centuries. He's got 23 First-Class hundreds, the guy can obviously play, but we keep messing around with his head. [In] the last four Tests he's played three innings … [that] have been great."