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Media lambasted "sore and sorry" Australian cricket team while predicting that uncertainty and apprehension was set to mark its future after the below-par outing of India which brought to an end its 'invincible' era.
Welcome to the combustible new world of Australian cricket, an era set to be marked by uncertainty, apprehension and an increasing number of draws and defeats," said a report in the 'Daily Telegraph'.
Please explain the emboldened parts to me.
Something that is "below par" is under the required standard.
A below-par outing is an outing/an occasion on which the team performed below its normal standard.