White sees better yet from Australia
Cameron White believes Australia can take their 50-over game to “another level” at the World Cup.
The defending champions warmed up for the global showpiece by completing a 6-1 Commonwealth Bank Series victory over England today.
Like the tourists, Australia have suffered a raft of injuries during the rubber - meaning they have had to rely on their strength in depth over the last month.
White - standing in for the rested Michael Clarke, who led the hosts for much of the series but is set hand back the captaincy to Ricky Ponting for the World Cup - thinks Australia can improve when they are closer to full strength.
"It's good to go in winning rather than losing, clearly, but I still think there's a bit of improvement left," he said.
"We are yet to combine a really good bat-and-ball game, so we've got to go a little bit more when we get there (to the World Cup).
"It's been pretty good, very good really. I just think there's still another level we can take it to and we'll probably need to at the World Cup.
"I think we can do better. Whether that's just bowling better balls, taking more wickets or not being four for 100 like we were today. We haven't quite nailed it but have been playing quite well."
Australia recovered from 103 for four when White was out to make 279 for seven, thanks largely to a ODI-best 80 not out from Adam Voges.
They then dismissed England for 222 in 44 overs to complete an emphatic victory over a side who had not lost a one-day rubber since Australia won the 2009 NatWest Series by the same scoreline.
"There are still some areas of our game we need to improve," White added. "We didn't really combine our bat and ball in this series but we still found a way to win.
"Winning six games against a very good English side, we're obviously not far away."
Voges, who replaced Clarke in the middle order, was named man of the match on his home ground.
"It's up there with my best innings,” he said. "Obviously it's terrific to get an opportunity and great to get another win and contribute to it.
"The crowd was great and it's always nice to get a bit of home support.
"I was probably more excited than anything. It's good to get an opportunity and then good to make the most of it."
With Mike Hussey remaining an injury concern for the World Cup, having undergone hamstring surgery last month, Voges is aware there is a potential opening in Australia’s squad.
Shaun Marsh replaced Hussey in the CB Series party but himself suffered a hamstring problem, possibly leaving the door open for Voges to travel to the sub-continent.
Despite his match-defining innings today, the 31-year-old is not letting World Cup selection concern him.
"I don't think it has hurt (my World Cup chances) but it is out of my hands now,” Voges added.
"I'll just enjoy tonight, enjoy the moment and whatever happens down the track so be it."
Meanwhile, Shane Watson, who was also rested today, was voted player of the series. White picked up the award on his behalf.