Aussies chase ODI comeback vs Proteas
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Australia will be out to avoid suffering a third consecutive one-day international for the first time in over four years when they tackle South Africa in Durban on Wednesday.
The tourists have to win at Kingsmead to keep the five-match series alive after losing at Centurion and the Wanderers.
Defeat would not only hand the series to the Proteas but end a streak without three or more consecutive ODI losses stretching back to the tour of England in 2012.
Allrounder Mitchell Marsh is bullish about his team's chances, saying Australia's experience and status as No.1 in the world has them confident they can still win the series.
But he also admits it will be a rare achievement if they can actually pull it off.
"It'd be a great little piece of history for this team," he said.
"Whilst we've got a young side, there's no (suggestion) we don't believe in ourselves.
"As an Australian cricketer you always go out there to win and that's something we'll be doing.
"It'd be a hell of a story if we can win three-two."
Showers in Durban on Tuesday morning cleared to a brilliant sunny afternoon, just in time for Australia's arrival at Kingsmead for their pre-match training session.
But the tourists were restricted to batting in the nets and bowling on a centre wicket due to the sodden outfield.
Kingsmead's ground is no stranger to drainage issues, with August's Test between the Proteas and New Zealand having to be abandoned due to the unplayable outfield.
Marsh, elevated to No.5 with the bat and asked to take on more of a leadership role with the ball in the absence of frontline bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, is confident Australia's inexperienced attack can still click on this tour.
"In these conditions it's going to take more of a collective group effort," he said.
"We haven't been able to do that. Wickets up front and being able to put pressure on South Africa's middle order is going to be really important for us.
"If we can do that we know we're going to be in with a chance."