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No need for pep talk: Lehmann

Coach Darren Lehmann has called for Australian pitches to reclaim their original character.
No need for pep talk: Lehmann
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Australia coach Darren Lehmann won't deliver a rousing pre-game speech to his demoralised team ahead of Sunday's fourth one-day international against South Africa.

The Proteas have already clinched the series 3-0 with their stunning four-wicket win in Durban on Wednesday, where an unbeaten century by David Miller guided the hosts to the second-highest victory target in ODI history of 372.

Sunday's fourth game in Port Elizabeth is first of two dead rubbers to finish the tour but Lehmann doesn't think his team will lack any motivation.

"That's easy mate. They're playing for their country. They'll be fine, they'll get up," Lehmann said.

"Try and rectify that in Port Elizabeth, get some momentum the other way.

"I thought we batted really well (in Durban), posted a really good total. We bowled poorly, it's pretty simple."

One man who desperately needs a win is Australia captain Steve Smith.

Since the start of the Test series in Sri Lanka in July, Smith has lost seven of his past nine matches in charge of the national team in all formats.

In his absence after he was sent home after two games of the ODI series in Sri Lanka, David Warner guided Australia to victory in all five matches he stepped in for as captain (three ODIs, two T20s).

Lehmann says the crucial aspect Australia have been lacking this series though has little to do with the team's leadership.

In all three matches this series, South Africa's batsmen have made fast starts.

Openers Quinton de Kock and Rilee Roussow scored 87 and 66 runs without losing a wicket in the first 10 overs of South Africa's innings in the first two matches before the Proteas raced to 1-77 in the first 10 of their chase at Kingsmead on Wednesday.

"We've got to find a way to get some early wickets, put pressure back on South Africa," Lehmann said.

"At the moment we're not doing that. We're not doing the good things that we do in the nets and taking them out in a game in front of a packed house.

"That's the challenge of international cricket."

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