Australian batsman George Bailey watches his shot mid-air to be caught by South Africa's David Miller for 74 runs during their first one-day international cricket match in Pretoria.
Australian batsman George Bailey watches his shot mid-air to be caught by South Africa's David Miller for 74 runs during their first one-day international cricket match in Pretoria. Themba Hadebe

Batting line-up letting Aussies down, says Bailey

CRICKET: George Bailey has attempted to take the heat off Australia's inexperienced bowling attack by putting the blow torch and him and his fellow batsmen.

Ahead of tomorrow night's must-win third ODI clash in Durban against South Africa, Bailey said the batting line-up was letting the visitors down, not bowlers Daniel Worrall, Chris Tremain and Joe Mennie on their first Australian tour.

The Aussies made 294 in the first match before losing by six wickets, and then could only muster 219 in reply to the Proteas' 361 in the second.

"We were under-par in game one and yesterday (Sunday), 360's a big total, but you saw on that ground there was some great value for money,” he said.

"The ball flew everywhere and our run rate was actually going pretty well ... it's just no one's getting a hundred.

"The South Africans have had a guy score a hundred in each of those games (Quinton de Kock and captain Faf du Plessis).

"As much as the focus could be on our young bowling attack, our batters have got to step up.”

Bailey (74 in game one), Travis Head (51 in game two) and David Warner (50 in game two) are the only recognised batsmen to have passed 50, with experienced bowler John Hastings (51 in game one) battling manfully with bat and ball. He took three wickets in game two.

One more win will be enough for the hosts wrap up the best-of-five series.

"If we can actually bat to our capabilities, that'll put South Africa under more pressure, both with the ball and put their batters under pressure as well,” Bailey said.

Speaking about Worrall, Tremain and Mennie, Bailey added: "I'm trying to think back to your first couple of games and it's nerve-wracking.

"Take the conditions and take the opponents out of it and it's nerve-wracking enough.

"I think they've all got the skills, there's no doubt about that. They've all shown glimpses, it's just a matter of them learning from each game.”



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