Australia could reconsider its bowling options after an apparent lack of depth was exposed in their 36-run loss to India.
The defending champions dropped just their fourth World Cup game in 20 years, after India whacked the highest score against Australia in the tournament’s history with 5-352 at The Oval on Sunday.
Questions will be asked of Australia’s approach in the chase, where the required run rate got above 11 with 15 overs left before they accelerated with eight wickets in hand.
But the bigger issue will be the bowling heading into Wednesday’s clash with Pakistan.
Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc are among the world’s best, but their failure to take wickets early highlighted a lack of pace and experience after them.
Nathan Coulter-Nile is the man most likely to be under pressure, after he took just his first wicket of the campaign on Sunday but still finished with 1-63 from his 10 overs.
Marcus Stoinis was more expensive with 2-62 off seven overs, taking the wickets of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni in the last over.
Adam Zampa also had 0-50 off six and Glenn Maxwell was 0-45 off seven, as Shikhar Dhawin (117) and Kohli (82) applied the heat.
“You look at all scenarios, all team make-ups, especially for the opposition,” captain Aaron Finch said.
And being a World Cup and you’re playing a different side every game, you have to keep reassessing the best combination for each game.
“I think that going into Pakistan we’ll have a look at it again, no doubt, which we have been every game.”
Left-armer Jason Behrendorff and Kane Richardson are the other pace options, while Nathan Lyon is a back-up spinner.
Australia lost rising star and likely frontline pick Jhye Richardson to a dislocated shoulder before the tournament, while Josh Hazlewood was controversially overlooked.
With Adam Zampa, Cummins and Starc all but guaranteed to play every game barring injury, Coulter-Nile and allrounders Maxwell and Stoinis have taken just five wickets between them for 372 runs.
“It’s hard to comment on it (bowling options for Pakistan) until you see the wicket,” Finch said.
Attempting to pull off the highest successful chase in one-day history, Australia lost wickets at the wrong times on Sunday.
Finch was run out for 36 off 35 balls just as he looked to get going early, while Warner hit 56 but lacked his old flow as he took up 84 balls.
Usman Khawaja (42 off 39) was bowled trying to ramp a ball after he helped take 14 off a Kuldeep Yadav over.
Then, after Steve Smith and Maxwell added 36 off 18 balls, came the mini-collapse in the 40th over.
Smith was lbw to Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-50) for 69 off 70, Marcus Stoinis was bowled for a duck two balls later and Maxwell then feel in the deep for 28 off 14 sweeping Yuzvendra Chahal (2-62) next over.
Alex Carey also hit a quickfire 55 off 35 late, but Australia were all out for 316 on the last ball of the innings.