Smith: ‘Good learning curve’ for new quicks

Australia captain Steve Smith acknowledged that his side's bowling performance in the first ODI against South Africa was well below par, but said it was a good experience for the new pacemen.

The likes of Daniel Worrall and Scott Boland were pasted to all corners by Proteas opener Quinton de Kock on his way to 178, as the Proteas reached 295 with six wickets in hand.

Smith said after the loss at Centurion: "We’ve got a chance to see some guys and see how they react to pressure situations like that out there. 

"So it’s a good learning curve for them and hopefully our quicks can take a lot away from what happened tonight.

"All the bowlers at times just weren’t able to hit their areas like they normally do.

"So we’ve got to try and turn that around quickly or we’re going to see another display like that on Sunday."

Australia had batted decently in patches but lost clumps of wickets, and Smith felt that the lack of a big individual score was also a major factor.

He added: "We got a nice wicket to bat on and we gave some opportunities away. 

"We got a lot of starts and nobody was able to go on and get a big score like Quinton de Kock did. 

"So going forward it’s the responsibility of one of our top four to post a big total, and if we do that then the team total is going to be big as well."

The second of five ODIs is on Sunday at the Wanderers.