In the wake of Australia's dismal performance in India, the architect of Cricket Australia's Argus Report has called for cricket fans to be patient as a five-year plan started in 2011 takes its course.
Don Argus, the former BHP chairman, headed the post-Ashes defeat review released in August 2011 that overhauled the structure around Michael Clarke's team.
Changes implemented included the appointments of Mickey Arthur as coach, John Inverarity as national selector and Pat Howard as the team performance manager.
Argus told Fairfax newspapers on Thursday Australia's heavy Test defeats in India shouldn't trigger hysteric criticism of players, coached and selectors.
"Everyone is going to have to hold their steel here to get the ultimate outcome, because if you start thrashing around in water then you drown, and up until now I think they've held it pretty well," Argus said.
"I think India is probably the toughest environment of all to blood new talent and that's what is happening over there.
"I'm not that despondent. I think it's probably teaching the selectors a lot more about the strengths and weaknesses of the squad. I don't think they could put together a better squad.
"They've tried a lot of people and you can add a few here and a few there, but they've gone about a process quite systematically that will get us there in the end, but it was never going to be a short-term fix."
Argus stressed objectives set by his panel's report were achievable as long as cricket stayed focused on its goals.
"I wouldn't compromise on that at all. It's like a five-year plan in a company - if you commit to something, you've got to get it, and all these players have committed to it," he said.
"I don't believe in blind faith. I believe in a lot of hard work, and it doesn't come tomorrow. I think there's a lot of effort going into getting this team to its goals. I've got great faith they will get to where they want to get to.
"Stay the course, but also recognise the challenges that are there. We tend to fall back into thinking we've still got this side with seven champions in it. Maybe that will come again, but that just doesn't come overnight."
Argus also congratulated Australian cricket on the progress made in improving systems.
"I think they have been quite bold in implementing a lot of the stuff and going down the recommendation path in the [Argus] report," he added.
"Everyone wants instant success ... and the trouble when you go through a transition or succession phase is that impatience manifests itself into a bit of emotion.
"Up until this series, the guys have done pretty well in trying to unearth new talent and things like that."