Captain Aaron Finch believes Australia’s batsmen are under pressure to keep their spots when the “one-dimensional” limited-overs team is reviewed before the next series against India.
Finch admitted Chris Lynn, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell and himself would feel the heat when coach Justin Langer sat down with the one-day international skipper to nut out plans for the three-game series against world No.2 India in January.
Australia lost their series against South Africa 2-1 with a 40-run game-three defeat in Hobart on Sunday, despite a superb 106 by No.3 Shaun Marsh.
The WA left-hander’s effort followed his two centuries in the 5-0 loss to England in the winter.
Australia’s top order was again skittled in the run chase on Sunday, slumping to 3-39 before Marsh and Marcus Stoinis (63) launched a fight-back.
Opener Finch said batting line-up changes could be needed if Australia, ranked sixth in ODI rankings, were to threaten India.
“If you look at our line-up on paper … it is a fairly one-dimensional side in terms of attack versus workers of the ball and your traditional batsmen, no disrespect to any of them,” he said.
“We haven’t got it right for a while and that does expose you in the middle order at times.
“We’ve got two months until the next one-dayers against India, so that will be a really good opportunity to sit down and start mapping out that process of how JL (Langer) and our leaders think we can be successful in this format.
“We have to adapt our game plan a little bit around the way the side structures up best or we slightly change our personnel to fit a style we think can win.”
Finch made 57 runs in the series at an average of 19, Lynn 59 at 19.66, Maxwell 61 at 20.33 and Head just 15 at 5.
“We’re all under pressure when we lose,” Finch said.
“Between the batting line-up and not getting that right for a little while, there are going to be some questions asked whether it is Maxy (Maxwell), Lynny, Heady or myself.
“It’s important that we really nut out the balance of the side and get that right over the next two months.”
Australia’s ODI series against India starts at the SCG on January 12.