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Bailey says batsmen are the issue

Australia's batsmen aren't doing enough to pressure South Africa, says George Bailey.
Bailey says batsmen are the issue
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The heat is on Australia's inexperienced bowling attack in South Africa but George Bailey believes it's the tourists' batsmen who have been letting the team down.

Australia face a must-win clash in the coastal town of Durban on Wednesday after falling 2-0 behind in the five-match one-day series against the Proteas.

A bowling attack including newcomers Daniel Worrall, Chris Tremain and Joe Mennie was twice put to the sword by the hosts' batting lineup in the opening two matches in South Africa's Highveld.

Mennie even recorded the worst figures on ODI debut by an Australian, going for 0-82 off 10 overs in Sunday's 142-run defeat at the Wanderers.

Bailey, however, says the team's batsmen haven't been doing enough to put South Africa under pressure, allowing them to then dictate terms in both matches.

"We were under-par in game one and yesterday (Sunday), 360's a big total, but you saw on that ground there was some great value for money," he said.

"The ball flew everywhere and our run rate was actually going pretty well ... it's just no-one's getting a hundred.

"The South Africans have had a guy score a hundred in each of those games.

"As much as the focus could be on our young bowling attack, our batters have got to step up."

Australia flew into Durban on Monday, with the team's bowlers surely relieved to be leaving the unforgiving high-altitude grounds around Johannesburg behind them.

Bailey says confidence is high within the bowling unit and he doesn't think their performances are as bad as they might seem on paper.

"If we can actually bat to our capabilities, that'll put South Africa under more pressure, both with the ball and put their batters under pressure as well," he said.

"I'm trying to think back to your first couple of games and it's nerve-wracking.

"Take the conditions and take the opponents out of it and it's nerve-wracking enough.

"I think they've all got the skills, there's no doubt about that. They've all shown glimpses, it's just a matter of them learning from each game."

Both teams will have training sessions at Kingsmead on Tuesday in preparation for game three.

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