Yet just 10 days since the main group phase of the World Twenty20 began, the pre-tournament favourites find themselves already eliminated and in the winless company of the hosts and the Netherlands. (Agencies)
Narrow defeats to Pakistan and West Indies meant they were no longer the masters of their destiny in the pursuit of a semi-final berth and the miracle of a Bangladesh victory against the former to keep them alive on Sunday also failed to materialise.
The Australians further embarrassed themselves later on Sunday, getting dismissed for 86 runs in a 73-run hiding from India as their glorious summer of test cricket, made memorable by their Ashes win and series victory in South Africa, fizzled out in Bangladesh.
"It's been a long summer, a never-ending summer but it certainly doesn't mean we should have taken the foot off the pedal," all-rounder Shane Watson said after the plastering from India.
"Playing cricket for your country in a World Cup for whatever format of the game it is, it's a huge honour. There's certainly going to be a lot of people with damaged pride, especially after tonight."
Watson's own struggle with the bat - seven runs from three matches - epitomises the misery of Australia's top six, whose strike rates in the range of 134-165 (per 100 balls) are enough to give most bowling attacks sleepless nights.
"As a team we don't like losing and I don't like my performance in the tournament... my performance was certainly nowhere near where I was hoping for," conceded Watson, refusing to blame the squad's significant workload for their early exit.
"This is a tournament we've been really excited about in the last couple of years," said the 32-year-old blond, who has now been involved in all five of Australia's unsuccessful World Twenty20 campaigns.
"We lost in a semi-final in Sri Lanka (in 2012). With the team we have, I was really excited at the better prospects (this time)," he added.
Yet just 10 days since the main group phase of the World Twenty20 began, the pre-tournament favourites find themselves already eliminated and in the winless company of the hosts and the Netherlands.