Mennie ready for another tough Proteas examination

Joe Mennie is unfazed by the possibility of making his Test debut against South Africa after a baptism of fire at the hands of the same opponents on his introduction to the international stage.

The right-arm seamer was handed his one-day international bow against the Proteas at the Wanderers last month, but things did not go to plan.

Mennie came in for some punishment, returning 0-82 from his 10 overs - the worst figures for an Australian on ODI debut.

Peter Siddle's back injury means Mennie is almost certain to play in the second Test in Hobart starting on Saturday, and the 27-year-old has no concerns despite the memories of that shellacking in Johannesburg.

"It was a tough induction," he said. "You can bowl what you bowl but your good balls are going to go for four or six. They are good quality batsman on good pitches.

"I was disappointed after the first one. I thought I started not too bad in my debut game but then I fell away a bit and lost my way, which dented the confidence.

"But to show what I could do [taking 3-49 in his second ODI] boosted it. It's been a whirlwind couple of months.

"I know the conditions and the venue, and if I do get the chance it will help.

"There's a little bit there for the bowlers if you bend your back and give it a chance.

"It's generally been a pretty good wicket to bowl on. Last couple of years it's been a pretty decent batting track.

"But nothing really changes from my point of view with my bowling - it's line and length stuff. Day in, day out."

Australia head to Hobart 1-0 down in the three-match series after South Africa recovered impressively in Perth to win by 177 runs.


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