Aaron Finch called Australia's batting display in the first T20I against Pakistan a slow motion "car crash" after they subsided for 89 in Abu Dhabi.
Even that final total was more than looked likely at one stage when they were 22 for 6 with the tone set by Finch's opening-over dismissal when he gave himself room against Imad Wasim.
Inside the Powerplay, Australia's top order had been dismantled with the top four batsmen bowled, Ben McDermott run out for a duck and Alex Carey caught behind. Finch took the responsibility on his own shoulders for not leading the way.
Australia's told was their joint third-lowest in T20Is, behind their 79 against England at Southampton in 2005 and 86 against India in 2014.
"That Powerplay was horrific...it was like a car crash in slow motion," Finch said. "Opening the batting, it's my responsibility to get us off to a good start and set up the chase there
"I take full responsibility for that. I think any time that you're chasing a total like that it's important you have a solid start and for me to get out in the first over and not give us that was not good enough."
Finch suggested that the performance was so poor that changes would be considered for the second match in Dubai although the only top-order switch that could be made would be to bring Mitchell Marsh into the side.
The other players who sat out the first match were Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc, the latter nursing the hamstring problem he picked up in the second Test, but Finch said the bowlers held their own in Abu Dhabi.
"Absolutely they'll be looking at changes," Finch said. "I think all in all, our bowling performance was pretty good. Our fielding was slightly sloppy, then the batting was awful. Definitely when that happens, when you lose a game so badly, you have to look at everything."