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South Africa believe Australia may still have a weak spot to exploit

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Cape Town: Jan 10, 2014

Australia maybe bullish after inflicting a 5-0 Ashes thrashing on England, but International Cricket Council (ICC) top dog South Africa claim they have noticed the former’s weakest spot, and intend to exploit it in their own backyard in February and early March.

South Africans believes targetting George Bailey, provided he is selected, at number six in the Australian batting line-up, will be an option under consideration. And why not, what with Baily registering just one half-century in the five Tests against England at an average of 26.14.

Sports 24 quoted former Test batsman Kepler Wessels, as saying that there are some holes in the Australian batting. Bailey, 31, is vice-captain and a permanent member of the Australia’s one-day international side. In ODIs, he averages 54.96 from 35 ODIs. The Australians may also go for 28-year-old Alex Doolan, but with a modest average of 37.92 from 53 first-class matches, the Proteas may not find him to be a handful. Doolan does have one handy feather in his cap – an unbeaten 161 against the Proteas for Australia A at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), just ahead of the first Test of the 2012/13 Test series between the two countries.

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