Rethink after bowlers get stick in Harare

IT WILL be back to the drawing board for Australia's bowling attack after it was humbled in its first one-dayer against South Africa in Harare, losing by seven wickets.

The Aussies made 7-327, with opener Aaron Finch (pictured) notching 102, his fourth ODI century. The Proteas then reached the target with 20 balls to spare.

Mitchell Johnson ripped through the South Africans in three Tests earlier this year with 22 wickets, but he was expensive in this game, leaking 63 runs from his 10 overs, without a wicket.

The man known for his brick-wall defence in the long format, Faf du Plessis, did most of the damage with 106 from just 98 balls, before the ever-consistent AB de Villiers joined in with an unbeaten 136 from 106 balls.

Mitchell Starc was the best of the Aussie bowlers, but still expensive (2-62 off eight overs).

Australia's next game in the series is against Zimbabwe on Sunday.


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