Sydney - Australia assistant bowling coach Ryan Harris does
not feel that the rookie bowlers being punished by South Africa in the ODI
series will be scarred by the tough tour.
Daniel Worrall, Chris Tremain, and Joe Mennie were picked
for the tour mainly because all Australia's premier pacemen are either injured
or being rested, and the Proteas have enjoyed batting against them.
Worrall and Mennie have not taken a wicket in the series,
while Tremain is averaging around 48 with the ball. John Hastings has been
their best bowler, and he averages 43.
But Harris feels they will take away positives: "I
wouldn't say they're scarred.
"They're asking lots of questions, a little bit to me
but more so (assistant coach) David Saker.
"He (Saker) had been unreal with them, he’s been such a
big help and I've been under his wing, listening to what he’s saying to them
and giving them confidence.
"They know they haven't bowled that well but they also
know they can bowl better.
"We always talk about that word execution, we just
haven't done that.
"They've got to learn, there’s a little bit to go yet
but we've all been there.
"I was there, there have been a lot of blokes (in the
"There’s only so much you can do at training and nets
sessions, you've actually got to play the game.
"They've said it in meetings that we've had - it’s a
big step up from state cricket, and that’s what they've learned."
Harris insisted the bowlers were much better than they'd
shown on the tour: "I think they're better than what this series has
"I think coming into a series against pretty good
players in their own backyard, small grounds and flat wickets it’s a bloody
hard thing to do.
"We know that they're good bowlers, there’s no doubt
"They've got a lot of ability, it’s just when you step
up in conditions that we're in it makes it harder to learn as quick as you
should, or you can.
"There’s been a lot of criticism, I've read some of it
but they have to learn at some stage and there’s only one way to learn, and
that’s to play it.
"They had an opportunity on this tour and they've done
the best they can at the time.
"We know they need improvement, they know they need
improvement and in the game (at Port Elizabeth last Sunday) I thought Tremain
and Boland bowled beautifully up front."
The sides contest the fifth and final ODI on Wednesday in
Cape Town, where the Aussies will be looking to avoid their first five-match