Proteas have simply been better: Finch
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Outbowled. Outbatted. Outfielded. Outplayed.
Opener Aaron Finch says there's no area of the game in which South Africa haven't bettered Australia so far on their one-day tour of the Rainbow Nation.
Australia head into Sunday's fourth ODI against the Proteas at Port Elizabeth 3-0 down in the series and attempting to avoid an unprecedented series whitewash.
The series was lost in dramatic fashion on Wednesday (Thursday morning AEDT) as a David Miller century guided South Africa to an unlikely victory target of 372 at Durban - the second-highest successful chase in ODI history.
Despite the deflating nature of that defeat, Finch says the tourists have taken positives from the loss and are eager to salvage some pride with victories in the final two matches of the tour.
"We know that we've just been outplayed in the series with bat and ball, and in the field especially," Finch said.
"It's hard to see that now but the last game the batters were asked to stand up and we did that. We're heading in the right direction.
"There's still a lot of positives to take out of the loss. The fact we got 370, should have been enough to be fair, but our fielding let us down in the last game.
"The boys are still being very positive about the last two games and trying to get back a 3-2 final total."
As much as Australia's inexperienced bowlers have come under fire during the series, Finch and opening partner David Warner have also held the upper hand over Proteas' new ball pair Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada.
Veteran seamer Steyn has taken five wickets at 39.60 in the three matches at an economy rate of 7.33.
That includes figures of 2-96 at Kingsmead on Wednesday - the most expensive in an ODI by a South African.
Rabada has fared little better, claiming three wickets at 60 with an economy rate of 6.66.
Finch says the lack of movement through the air for both teams with the new ball has been a surprising element of the series.
"That's quite strange," he said.
"Usually you get at least two or three overs of swing but it hasn't really swung throughout the series at all and that's probably taken us a little bit by surprise as well."
Finch says Australia haven't even thought about the prospect of being whitewashed on this tour and he is confident they can deliver a win in Sunday's match at St George's Park.
"We're going to go out there, keep being aggressive, keep taking the game on," he said.
"Being ultra-positive with the bat and trying to be a bit more aggressive with the ball, that's how we play our best cricket."