Australia's turbo-charged Eden Park meltdown has brutally highlighted the difficulties Steve Smith's men will face in New Zealand this month as they aim to regain the No.1 Test ranking.
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Australia begin New Zealand tour in disastrous fashion, with arguably their worst start to a one-day international.
Shaun Marsh is again in the firing line, in danger of losing his place to Usman Khawaja, after again nicking off cheaply with Smith forecasting changes for the must-win second game in Wellington.
The 159-run capitulation to a rampant Black Caps outfit on Wednesday may have come in the 50-over arena but it inspired little confidence for success in the upcoming Test series.
The heavy loss has put the one-day world champion's run of seven consecutive series victories in grave danger and again shone the spotlight on Australia's weakness against the swinging ball.
Smith disputed claims the ball was swinging, which means he is either in denial about Australia's problems or casts the collapse in an even darker light.
The shellshocked Australians, who crumbled inside 25 overs before the lights had taken full effect, have just two days to work on their flaws before the second match in Wellington and little over a week until the first Test.
"I'd like to forget tonight's game to be perfect honest with you, it hasn't been a great start to the series for us," Smith said.
The flat tracks of home must now seem a world away for Australia's batsmen, whose torrent of runs slowed to a trickle against a red-hot Kiwi pace attack.
Just as they did when they visited the same venue in the World Cup, Australia folded with the bat, dismissed for a paltry 148 after collapsing to 6-41 in nine dramatic overs.
"Today the way we batted it looked like we were in a bit of a hurry, almost in T20 mode if you will," Smith said.
It would have been far worse if not for the 79-run stand between Matthew Wade and James Faulkner - an Australian record for the seventh wicket against New Zealand. Neither are in the Test squad.
The alarming speed at which the visitors' batsmen unravelled must have brought an uneasy sense of deja vu to any Australian fan with the debacle at Trent Bridge still at the forefront of their mind.
Whereas that disintegration occurred on a treacherous deck, the wicket at Eden Park was hardly a batsman's graveyard. It had earlier played true enough for the Kiwis to amass 307.
There had been a suspicion all summer that Australia's new-look batting line-up had been shielded by a combination of benign tracks and poor opposition. This performance will do little to dispel those doubts.
Worryingly for Australia, the XI in Auckland contained three of the likely top six for the first Test, including senior pair Smith and David Warner.
Joe Burns and Adam Voges would have been well served had they avoided their TV sets, while Khawaja can consider this a bullet dodged.
Worse still, the Black Caps were without gun paceman Tim Southee, who is on track to return for the Trans Tasman series.
There will also be concerns at why Australia's bowlers were unable to extract the same movement through the air as Trent Boult and Matt Henry.
Smith has stressed to his players the need to respect the new ball in New Zealand conditions but it appears his words have fallen on deaf ears.
"I guess that's the most disappointing part of it," Smith said. He too was guilty of playing too hard at the ball, playing on to his stumps.
While Warner would have had his lbw decision overturned had he referred upstairs, his teammates found all manner of ways to get out - from poor shot selection (Bailey), to a questionable technique (Mitchell Marsh) and the downright freaky (Maxwell).
There was no sign of the woe that was to befall Australia's innings while the Kiwis were at the crease, even taking into consideration their moderate last 20 overs.
Martin Guptill - a perennial Test underachiever but one-day dynamo - and Brendon McCullum made batting look ridiculously easy against the new ball.
McCullum smashed his way to 44, including a thunderous run of six, four, four, six against Hazlewood. Guptill spanked 90 off 76 balls, which was eight more than he scored in the entire three-Test series in November.