The tourists fell narrowly short of a surprise victory in the Ashes opener on Sunday at Trent Bridge, where the shortfall in runs at the top of the order twice had to be bailed out by non-specialists lower down.
That is a telling factor not lost on the tourists' coach Darren Lehmann, who has left his batsmen in no doubt they must do better.
Test debutant number 11 Ashton Agar came to the rescue with a remarkable maiden contribution of 98 in the first innings after the top order went 'walkabout', and Australia collapsed to 117 for nine.
Second time around, after an improved collective in the first five, wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin top-scored from number seven - and needed major assistance from those even further down the list to get so close to a ground-record Test target.
Lehmann did not shy away from the obvious as he assessed his team's successes and failures in Nottingham.
"Our tail has done really well over a period of time now, but it's time for the batters to make sure they're making the runs," he said. "I think we only batted for 64 overs in the first innings and 110 in the second. We've got to be reversing that about, batting for 120 overs plus in the first innings of a game and making our runs there."
Principal among those who found his day job a struggle was Ed Cowan, who on his own home ground after a spell with Nottinghamshire was out first ball to put Steven Finn on a hat-trick first time round and then fell to part-time off-spinner Joe Root at his second attempt.
"He's had a tough game," said Lehmann. "Like everyone, you've got to make runs and perform.
"We've told Ed how we want him to play and how we want him to bat ... we picked him to do a role. He'll be disappointed with the shots. So are we. We're trying to learn and get better. I'm sure he'll get better at that as well."