White warns Australia are yet to peak
Cameron White has warned that the current Australia team can get only get better as they look to complete a 7-0 series whitewash against England.
The tourists need only to win their final match of the series at Chester-le-Street on Sunday to become the first international team to ever clinch a series by such an emphatic margin.
The difference in quality between the teams has steadily grown during the series, illustrated by Australia’s crushing 111-run win at Trent Bridge on Thursday night.
That win lifted Australia back to the top of the ICC’s one-day international rankings, and while White described it as their “best team performance” of the series so far, he believes they can get better.
“There’s no doubt. I definitely think there is room for improvement and I’m sure the rest of the team will agree as well,” the Victorian said.
“I thought the other night was probably our best team game - especially in the field it was our best effort so far in the series.
“But there are still things that we can do better in terms of our fielding and batting for sure.”
Australia have been keen not to speak of the prospect of a whitewash during the series, and despite needing just one more win to complete the feat White remained coy on the issue.
“Obviously we want to do, but we haven’t spoken about it,” he said.
“We want to win tomorrow so therefore we will be winning 7-0. I think it would be very gratifying. To win seven games of one-day international cricket in a row is a really good achievement so it is something we are really looking to do.
“We want that momentum coming forward into the Champions Trophy; that’s something we want to do.
“When we sit down and have a chat that might come out but we’re just concentrating on winning tomorrow and going forward into the Champions Trophy.”
Australia’s success during the series has marked the emergence of a new generation of players following the retirements of some of their greats such as Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath.
On Thursday night rookie wicketkeeper Tim Paine hit a maiden century, just three weeks after making his international debut, while Callum Ferguson has also impressed in the middle order.
White, 26, himself shined when batting at first-drop for skipper Ricky Ponting while he was resting back in Australia for the opening three games of the series.
He has since dropped down the order but goes into the final match as the leading runscorer in the series with 259 at an average of 64.75.
“Everyone loves to bat as high as they can in the order to give yourself the best opportunity, but the structure of the team and team balance requires certain players to bat in certain positions,” he said.
“I think I said after going back down order after game three that I’m just happy to be playing rather than being number 12.
"I'm doing all right at the moment and just enjoying playing for my country."