Tahir doubtful ahead of fourth ODI

AB de Villiers says the team will monitor Imran Tahir to ensure a speedy recovery process.

Proteas spinner Imran Tahir. Picture: Cricket South Africa Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - Imran Tahir is in doubt for the fourth One Day International (ODI) against Australia.

The Proteas spinner didn't come out to bat on Wednesday after he tweaked his knee.

Proteas ODI captain AB de Villiers says the team will monitor Tahir rehabilitation's process in the next day to ensure his speedy recovery.

"I think he sprained his knee a little bit, but we will just assess it again over the next day and see what it's like come tomorrow night and make the call maybe the morning of the game. Luckily it's another day and night game, so there is a bit of time to recover."

De Villiers says they made too many bad decisions and gave away too many extras, giving Australia more room to destroy them in their last game.

"Extras were too many and little basics we got wrong I think caused us the game today. We could have handled it a lot different but the approach was different and Hashim and I could have maybe just taken our time a little bit more and the guys to follow as well."

Proteas are already without JP Duminy, who was ruled out when he aggravated a long-standing knee problem during the Twenty20 series against Australia.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first in the 3rd ODI at Manuka Oval in Canberra, the hosts put South Africa's bowlers to the sword after they posted 329/5 in their allotted 50 overs.

Aaron Finch top-scored with 109 while Steve Smith finished on 73 not out.

In reply, Hashim Amla struck 102, AB de Villiers 52 from 34 balls and Quinton de Kock 47, as the Proteas were eventually restricted to 256/9.

The next game is in Melbourne on Friday with the series concluding in Sydney on Sunday.