Australian opener Joe Burns' Test career is hanging by a thread after his latest failure at the top of the order.
Burns was out for just four against India in the hosts' second innings at the MCG on Monday - after a duck in the first dig - when he was caught behind off Umesh Yadav.
To compound his problems, Burns burnt one of Australia's three reviews in the process, with a hotspot on the bat confirming the umpire's on-field decision.
The 31-year-old, who made an unbeaten 51 during Australia's successful run chase in Adelaide, has now managed just 125 first-class runs at an average of 10.4 this summer.
Burns was picked to partner makeshift opener Matthew Wade at the start of the Test series when David Warner (groin) and uncapped Will Pucovski (concussion) were ruled out through injury.
But he faces an extremely difficult task to hold his spot for the third Test, with first-choice opener Warner likely to be cleared to return.
Wade made a patient 40 in the second innings at the MCG and while there is pressure on middle-order batsman Travis Head, who again paid the price for poor shot selection when out for 17, Victoria's Marcus Harris is also in the selection mix.
India great Sunil Gavaskar said Burns' unsuccessful review would count against him.
"It's not just the fact that he's got out, he's wasted a review," Gavaskar told ABC Sport.
"While you can understand, knowing that his place is on the line, that he goes for a review, for a caught behind, you cannot tell me that the batsman doesn't know.
"Even if the bat bangs the ground at the time the ball makes contact with the bat, the batsman knows that the ball has brushed the (bat).
"That's something that the team will not appreciate, that's he's cost the team a review.
"All these things matter when you look at selection; whether the man is thinking of the team (or) whether the man is thinking of himself."
Minutes before his dismissal, Burns was given a reprieve when he was hit on the foot by a Jasprit Bumrah yorker.
The on-field decision was not out and while the ball was seen to be clipping leg stump on review, it was not enough to overturn the call.
Burns was also nearly run out twice in his 10-ball innings, with Australia great Ricky Ponting noting the right-hander had been in "sheer panic mode".
"I said after day one, if you look at Wade and Burns, even in the first innings of this game, it looks to me that Wade is batting a lot better than Joe Burns," Ponting told Channel 7.
"If Warner comes back then unfortunately I think right now it probably has to be Burns that goes."
Warner pressed his claims for a return to action in the third Test - to be played in Melbourne or Sydney from January 7 - with a solid batting practice session in the MCG nets on Sunday.
"What I saw yesterday was promising signs; the fact he is in the nets batting, doing a bit of jogging between wickets," Ponting said.
"The fact he is out there doing that 10 or 11 days before the next Test match, I will be very, very surprised if he doesn't play."