South African batsman David Miller (L) and batsman Andile Phehlukwayo (R) take runs during the third ODI between South Africa and Australia at Kingsmead cricket stadium on October 5, 2016 in Durban, South Africa. GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images

After defending their inexperienced bowling attack and saying it was the batsmen who weren't delivering on Australia's one-day tour of South Africa, there's no place to hide for the tourists' bowlers after Wednesday's third ODI in Durban.

Australia somehow contrived to lose a match where they posted 6-371 batting first - the highest total in any ODI at Kingsmead and the country's fifth- highest ODI total ever.

Hundreds to David Warner (117) and Steve Smith (108) should have been enough to secure the win and keep Australia alive in the five-match series.

But a brilliant unbeaten 118 off just 79 balls by South Africa's David Miller secured the Proteas the most unlikely of wins and an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

It's a defeat which is sure to only heighten the suspicion Australia's bowling attack on this tour simply isn't up to international standard.