West Indian captain Chris Gayle Wednesday said Australia's Test series defeat in India could be a turning point in international cricket that will make the game better.
India beat Australia 2-0 in the four-match series, raising hopes that a team other than Australia could become world champions in the future.
"India beating Australia is a turning point for us. Getting more wins over such an opponent will make cricket even better," said Gayle who is here for a three-match series against Pakistan, which started here on Wednesday.
Australia's 2-0 loss to India has prompted experts to predict that the world champions' dominance of the game is nearing an end, particularly after the retirement of the likes of Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist.
But Gayle said he didn't believe that to be the case.
"Australian dominance fading, definitely not. However we need to give credit to India for having beaten them," said Gayle, 29.
Gayle said Australia still had a lot of experience at their disposal.
"I don't know what their cricket will lead to, but there are a lot of experienced players there and lot of guys who play a lot of first class cricket.
Gayle, who captained a side of West Indian players to victory over England in the Stanford Twenty20 finale in Antigua earlier this month for a 13-million dollar jackpot, said he hoped Caribbean cricket would benefit from the cash boost.
"It actually did a lot for Caribbean cricket and it got a tremendous response and a lot of money for the region," said Gayle, who was one of 11 players to earn a million dollars each.
Gayle said jackpots of that size would inspire West Indian youngsters.
"When the players get the benefit, more and more youngsters get inspiration to play the game but at the same time West Indies cricket needs more wins, which can lift us to a better position in world cricket," said Gayle.
The West Indies captain said he hoped newcomers would make their mark during the tour of New Zealand and then in the home series against England.
"We have two more series coming up and these are opportunities for the youngsters to make their marks and help the team to more wins," said Gayle whose team plays two Tests, five one-days and two Twenty20 matches in New Zealand next month.
The West Indies then host England for four Tests, five one-day matches and one Twenty20 international between February and April next year.