Former Wests Rosellas paceman Joe Mennie takes 3-49 against Proteas

FORMER Newcastle Wests fast bowler Joe Mennie took his first wickets for Australia in their one-day loss to South Africa in the final match of the series at Cape Town on Wednesday.

Mennie, who conceded the worst figures by an Australian on ODI debut at the Wanderers (0-82 from 10 overs), made the most of his second chance at Cape Town to claim 3-49 off 10 overs, with two maidens.

His first two international wickets were South African superstars Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis.

"I've never played in a series where we've lost all five games," Australian captain Steve Smith said. "It's been a difficult task. We've been outplayed but the group's stuck together well."

Of the new faces on the tour, both Chris Tremain and Mennie rebounded well from disappointing debuts in the second match of the series in Johannesburg.

Tremain improved in every match he played, ending the tour with seven wickets and a career-best 3-64 at Newlands.

"We just haven't been able to put enough partnerships together," Smith said.

"We've had guys who have had starts and not been able to go on with it.’’

WICKET: Joe Mennie

WICKET: Joe Mennie

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