Tim Paine does not believe Australia need changes to their line-up despite their struggles with the bat in the second Test loss to India.
India completed an eight-wicket victory over Australia in Melbourne on Tuesday to level the four-Test series at 1-1.
No Australia batsman managed to score a half-century in the second Test as they were bowled out for 195 and 200 at the MCG.
Joe Burns and Travis Head are under the most pressure to keep their spots, but Paine does not believe changes are the answer.
“No, not necessarily,” Paine told a news conference when asked if changes were needed.
“I just think you need to bat better, doesn’t matter who’s out there. We need to be scoring runs, that’s our job as the top seven of the Australian cricket team.
“If you’re not, obviously they’ll look for other people. I think we’ve got the best people here at the moment, we just haven’t been good enough to get the job done.”
David Warner could return from an adductor injury in the third Test, while Will Pucovski may make his debut after his fine form in the Sheffield Shield.
Steve Smith, meanwhile, has scored just 10 runs in the opening two Tests as he tries to find form.
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Paine felt Australia’s batting and fielding were particularly costly in Melbourne.
“I think that was one of the factors [not enough runs], I think dropping a number of catches probably didn’t help,” he said.
“Just a bit of a sloppy performance I think in the field and just not enough runs again.”
The third Test is due to start in Sydney on January 7, although whether that goes ahead as scheduled remains unclear amid a coronavirus outbreak in New South Wales.