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We know how to beat Proteas says Lehmann

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They can't buy a win on their one-day tour of South Africa but Australia coach Darren Lehmann believes he's got all the information he needs to beat the Proteas in next month's return Test series.

Australia head into the final two matches of their five-match series in the Rainbow Nation trailing by 3-0 after somehow failing to defend a target of 372 in Durban on Wednesday.

Lehmann said his bowlers had simply not done the job as Proteas' left-hander David Miller smashed the fastest ODI century by a South African against Australia to guide the hosts to a stunning win.

Australia's understrength bowling attack has copped the most criticism in the wake of the loss, as inexperience trio Chris Tremain, Dan Worrall and Joe Mennie struggle to adjust to the step up to international cricket.

The two most experienced seamers in the line-up - Mitchell Marsh and John Hastings - are the only Australian bowlers to be conceding less than seven runs an over this series with an economy rate of 6.96 from the three matches.

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa is the only other bowler to play all three matches and has gone at 7.52 per over from his 20.2 overs.

Tremain (7.15) and Worrall (7.83) have both struggled to contain South Africa's batting lineup while Mennie posted the worst figures by an Australian on ODI debut (0-82) in his sole appearance so far in the series.

The final paceman in the squad, Scott Boland, hasn't been seen since conceding 67 runs off seven overs in the game one defeat at Centurion.

Lehmann though believes when Australia get their first-choice bowlers back, he's seen enough of the Proteas to be confident of a quick turnaround when the first Test gets underway in Perth on November 3.

"I know exactly how you have to play against them which will be good once we start to get some ammo," said Lehmann, adding his Test dossier was "bulging".

"That's good going forward but we've got to rectify what we're doing now and get better as a one-day side in the next two games."

While Lehmann admitted the bowling attack had been to blame for Wednesday loss, he remains steadfast the tourists have brought the best team they could to South Africa.

Mitchell Starc and James Faulkner are both injured while Josh Hazlewood was rested for the tour ahead of a busy domestic campaign.

Lehmann says he still has hope the players at his disposal can show their ability in the final two matches of the series.

"The only one that possibly could be here is Josh and he needs a break before obviously the Test series," he said.

"I think we worked out we're taking seven of our pretty much first choice one-day team out and the bowling attack, if you go through it, there's some pretty high quality bowling.

"It's an opportunity for the younger guys to learn, and learn quickly, learn what they need to do to step up in international cricket.

"At the moment we're failing in that and we've got to get better. That's something we've got to rectify in the next two games."


John Hastings - 5 wickets at 37.60, 6.96 RPO

Mitch Marsh - 3 wickets at 65.00, 6.96 RPO

Chris Tremain - 2 wickets at 71.50, 7.15 RPO

Adam Zampa - 2 wickets at 76.50, 7.52 RPO

Dan Worrall - 0 wickets, 128 runs, 7.83 RPO

Joe Mennie - 0 wickets, 82 runs, 8.20 RPO

Scott Boland - 3 wickets at 22.33, 9.57 RPO

Travis Head - 1 wicket at 68.00, 9.71 RPO

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