CRICKET: Australia coach Darren Lehmann has defended the selection of inexperienced bowlers Chris Tremain, Dan Worrall and Joe Mennie ahead of tomorrow's fourth one-day international in Port Elizabeth.
The trio, who have all made their debuts in the ODI series against South Africa, have struggled to contain the Proteas' batsmen.
But with Australia already 3-0 down in the five-match series, Lehmann said the attack featured the best available bowlers.
"The only one that could possibly be here is Josh (Hazlewood) and he needs a break before the Test series,” he said.
"I think we worked out we're taking pretty much seven of our first-choice one-day team out of the bowling attack, and when you go through that it's some high-quality bowling.
"But it's an opportunity for the young guys to learn, to learn quickly and learn what they need to do to step up in international cricket.
"At the moment we're failing in that and they've got to get better.
"It's something we have to rectify in the next two games (at Port Elizabeth and Cape Town).”
Lehmann was damning about how the tourists performed with the ball in the record defeat at Kingsmead.
Australia scored 6-371 but could not defend that score, allowing the South Africans to make the second-highest run chase in ODI history.
"With 370, you shouldn't lose too many games like that if you bowl half well,” Lehmann said.
"I thought we batted really well, posted a really good total and the wicket was really good.
"But we bowled poorly - it's pretty simple.
"We've got to find a way to get some early wickets and put some pressure back on South Africa and at the moment we're not doing that.
"And we're not doing the good things that we do in the nets and taking them out into the middle in front of a packed house.
"We've got a couple of days in Port Elizabeth but at the end of the day the blokes have trained really well and prepared well and bowled really well in the nets, but international cricket is quite pressurised.
"They've just got to get used to that.
"They (South Africa) have got some quality players.”