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We can dent Proteas for Tests: Head

Allrounder Travis Head says Australia can still damage South Africa before next month's Test series.
We can dent Proteas for Tests: Head
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The one-day international series against South Africa has been lost but Australia are still looking to land some psychological blows before next month's return Test series against the Proteas.

Australia trained at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on Friday ahead of Sunday's fourth ODI as both teams turn their attentions to the upcoming three Test campaign starting in Perth on November 3.

Sunday's match is the first of two dead rubbers after the Proteas took an unbeatable 3-0 lead with a remarkable run chase of 372 at Durban on Wednesday.

Still smarting from that disappointing defeat, allrounder Travis Head says Australia's aim in the next two matches is to attempt to halt the Proteas' momentum.

"They come to Australia pretty quickly," Head said.

"They've got a Test series coming up, hopefully the one-day team in the past have played really well and got momentum for the Test team.

"That's what we're looking to do, trying to get some dents in the South African team over the next two games and try and take that into the summer for the boys at home in the Test team."

Head has also stood by Australia's under-fire bowling attack.

While the South Australian captain admits the tourists' bowling hasn't been up to scratch in the three matches so far, he is confident the attack can fire in the final two matches - particularly Redbacks duo Joe Mennie and Dan Worrall.

"It's a tough place to play. That's what we've found over the past three games," Head said.

"Personally I've found it extremely hard to play over here.

"They've had fantastic summers. They've all deserved it. I guess they'll be a bit disappointed in the way they've gone and hopefully they can get some sort of positive from the next two games.

"They are up to the standard, there's no doubt about that, they've just got to bring the confidence that they have playing for South Australia to when they're playing for Australia."

Australia may recall Scott Boland for Sunday's match with the Victorian not featuring since he took 3-67 off seven overs in the opening match at Centurion.

Mennie will also be pushing for a recall after conceding the worst figures by an Australian on ODI debut in the second match at the Wanderers of 0-82 off 10.

South Africa, who granted their players two days off following their victory at Durban, may well use the opportunity to rest players in Sunday's match.

Left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi may feature in a dual spin attack alongside leg-spinner Imran Tahir on a Port Elizabeth pitch that is expected to be slow and provide assistance to the spinners.

"We've seen Shamzie so if he plays we've seen him before so we'll be pretty confident," Head said.

"If it spins, it spins I guess. We've been playing Immie quite well so we'll continue to do that hopefully."

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