Steve Smith of Australia talks with Australian Chairman of Selectors Rod Marsh before start of play during day five of the First Test match between Australia and South Africa at the WACA on November 7, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

The Australia cricket team is being whacked from pillar to post following its disappointing loss to South Africa in the first Test and now former Aussie and Proteas opener Kepler Wessels has also sunk the boot in.

Wessels believes allrounder Mitch Marsh should be dropped, while also stating that the team folded far too easily.

The now 59-year-old Wessels, played 24 Tests for Australia during the 1980s, before returning to play for his native South Africa once the apartheid was lifted and the country was allowed to play international cricket once again.

“They lacked quality, passion and the fighting spirit associated with Australian teams of the past,” Wessels wrote in a column for SuperSport.

“Their batting line-up has a frail look about it. If David Warner or Steve Smith don’t score heavily, the Aussies are in trouble.

“As individuals, the Australian players are under huge pressure. They have lost four Test matches in a row.

“This means that captain Steve Smith, in particular, is under the pump.

“His captaincy in this Test match was unimpressive.

“He isn’t in the best form with the bat either, which compounds the problem for him personally and for the team as a whole.”

Wessels also said Australia's batting line up us too weak with Mitch Mark at No.6.

“They have a long tail with allrounder Mitchell Marsh batting at six,” said Wessels.

“If the Australian selectors had any sense they would pick six specialist batsmen and opt for four front-line bowlers.

“This will give their team a better balance under Australian conditions.”

The second Test begins in Hobart on Saturday.