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Cameron White, right, praised the all-round display of Shane Watson, centre, today. "He just showed what a good cricketer he is,” he said

New Australia Twenty20 captain Cameron White found some consolation that his side came so close to beating world champions England in Adelaide.

The World Twenty20 winners, who defeated White and company in May’s final, edged a fluctuating encounter by one wicket as debutant Chris Woakes hit the single required from the last ball.

The hosts can square the series at the MCG on Friday in the second and final T20 ahead of seven one-day internationals.

White, leading Australia for the first time, said: “We got the wrong result, but we were really close, not far away.

“We weren’t quite at our best. There are a few things to work on and hopefully in Melbourne we can get them right.”

“We still got ourselves in a winning position at times and then just bowled a bad ball, or England played a really good shot. It was close, but not good enough.”

White, who succeeded Michael Clarke as T20 skipper, added: “It was an interesting first night for me. It just seems to be the way it is rolling at the moment.

“It's up to us to try and turn it around. There's probably a few things in Melbourne we can try and do to do that.

“When England needed a big shot or a boundary they just seemed to find it. Whether that was good batting by England or just a bit of mis-execution from us, I'm not sure. We'll have to have a chat about that.”

White praised the performance of Shane Watson, who blasted 59 from 31 balls at the top of the order before almost snatching the game with four late wickets.

“(It was) a class act wasn't it? He just showed his all-round ability and what a good cricketer he is,” he said.

“He's destructive with the bat and his execution with the ball was exactly what the team and myself was asking for. It was a very classy display I thought.”

Watson’s T20 best 4-15 from four overs was little personal consolation though.

“It’s nice to be able to contribute the way I did but really it doesn’t matter how you perform individually,” he said.

“The most important thing is the team and unfortunately we weren’t able to get over the line.”

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