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Scott Boland optimistic despite worst debut one-day bowling figures by an Australian

Scott Boland now understands how little margin for error there is in international cricket and has made it his mission to learn from his mistakes after recording the worst one-day bowling figures by an Australian on debut. 

Boland's figures of 0-74 from 10 overs were inflated substantially as a result of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli taking the long handle to the 26-year-old. The Indian pair blasted 30 runs from his final 12 deliveries.

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David Colley, a pace bowler who played only one ODI for Australia in 1972 against England, held the unwanted record before Tuesday with figures of 0-72.

Boland, however, can take solace from the fact Mitchell Johnson – one of Australia's most potent fast bowlers of all time – was also carted on debut, leaking 64 runs from nine overs.

Pace cartel: Bruce Reid poses with debutants Joel Paris and Scott Boland before the ODI match between Australia and ...
Pace cartel: Bruce Reid poses with debutants Joel Paris and Scott Boland before the ODI match between Australia and India at the WACA. Photo: Paul Kane

Australian captain Steve Smith actually conceded more runs (78) than Boland on debut in 2010 against the West Indies, but took two wickets with his leg breaks.

Respected bowling coach Troy Cooley spoke to Boland and the rest of the fast bowlers about what went wrong in Perth.

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"You can see the margin for error is just so much smaller," Boland said. "Even [in] the Big Bash you come up against some really good players and internationals, but bowling to Kohli and Sharma on a wicket like that, the margin for error is tiny. I think my yorkers came out pretty well. I only missed a couple by not much. When you're bowling to someone who's on 150, then they're going to hit you for six. So if I was bowling to a batter who just came in, I might have got away with them. It's quite tough."

Despite the expensive figures, and some pre-game nerves, Boland was more pleased that Australia were able to win the match. Boland said he and fellow debutant Joel Paris, who was also unable to snare a maiden scalp, would be doing everything they could to put on a better showing at the Gabba on Friday.

Release point: Scott Boland had a tough time on debut.
Release point: Scott Boland had a tough time on debut. Photo: Getty Images

"We both would have liked to have taken a couple of wickets and bowled a bit better, but we both take confidence knowing we have played a game," Boland said. "There's things we need to improve on. Hopefully we can have another crack and put in a better performance. I was very nervous until I picked up my first ball in the field and got it in to Wadey and then it just sort of felt like a cricket game."

George Bailey backed Australia's new duo to bounce back, provided they get the opportunity with Kane Richardson and now John Hastings - called into the squad to replace Mitch Marsh - waiting in the wings for another chance at international level. 

"It's a baptism of fire that Indian top order, they're pretty impressive," Bailey said. "I thought he [Paris] was pretty good. [There's] probably a couple of things to work on [when] coming back for his second and third spell. Scotty's first spell was really, really good, I thought he hit a nice length. I thought he dragged it back a little bit for us with his first spell. 

"A lot of those low full-tosses; there's not many blokes who are hitting those for six. That's the nature of bowling at the end." 

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