ODIs a boost for Tests: Proteas
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South Africa's dominance in the one-day international series is giving them confidence ahead of next month's three-Test campaign in Australia.
The Proteas are in a bullish mood after humbling the world No.1 ranked Australians on home soil - holding a 4-0 lead heading in Wednesday's fifth one-day international in Cape Town.
South Africa have won the past two Test series they've played in Australia and captain Faf du Plessis expects a possible series whitewash to give a little extra edge heading into this summer's visit.
"I appreciate that it's a different format but if you play against Australia every single mental thing you can have on your side does play a role," du Plessis said.
"That's a big driving factor for me for (Wednesday) - to try and make sure we win 5-0, because that's huge confidence.
"We know it's going to be an extremely tough tour. Beating them in Australia is possibly up there with the toughest tours, Test-wise.
"A 5-0 scoreline would be another one per cent in our favour."
Australian assistant coach David Saker isn't so sure the ODI series will have much bearing on the Tests however.
"Australia in Australia is a different kettle of fish really," Saker said.
"We'll have a good look at the opposition that we're playing and make sure we come up with some really good plans.
"Test cricket is a different ball game altogether and I'm looking forward to a really good summer against South Africa."
Saker is also confident Wednesday's match at Newlands won't be the last time Australian fans witness newcomers Chris Tremain, Joe Mennie or Dan Worrall on the international scene.
The trio of fast bowlers have struggled to impress on their maiden international tour.
Tremain has been the pick of the new arrivals, taking four wickets in three matches at an economy rate of 6.36 per over.
Worrall however has only taken one wicket for 171 runs in three matches while Mennie's sole appearance resulted in a return of 0-82 off 10 overs - the worst figures by an Australian on his ODI debut.
"I don't think they've marked their card, it's obviously a very hard place to come and bowl and their batting team has been amazing," Saker said.
"It's been a really tough campaign for those guys.
"Chris Tremain has come out and showed some really good things, Scott Boland the other day was really good."