Aussies target White-wash
Australia's Cameron White has set his sights on a 7-0 victory over England in the current NatWest series.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 10/09/09 9:01pm
Cameron White believes a 7-0 victory over England in the current NatWest series would go a long way to avenging Australia's recent Ashes heartache.
White has been arguably the player of the one-day series so far, his maiden ODI century at the Rosebowl on Wednesday powering the Aussies into a 3-0 lead with four matches to play.
However, despite scoring 200 runs in three matches, White is expected to lose his number three batting spot to captain Ricky Ponting for the fourth match at Lord's.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's showdown, White claims Australia are still operating below their best, but is confident of recording four further wins to condemn England to a humiliating 7-0 defeat.
"At the moment if we keep playing good, consistent cricket, keep bowling and fielding well, there is no reason why not," said White, who hit 105 in the six-wicket floodlit win at Southampton.
"In saying that, winning seven one-dayers against a really good side is a pretty strange thing to happen. But I am not saying that it can't.
"We want to keep the momentum going and I don't think we are playing at our total best at the moment.
"There are still probably some areas that we think we can improve in, so there are things we need to work on to get better for these four games.
"Then come four games' time we are hopefully at our peak."
A whitewash hammering would see Australia head to South Africa for the ICC Champions Trophy in buoyant mood.
And White believes winning the opening limited-over matches against England was crucial in halting the momentum the hosts had built up after regaining the Ashes 2-1.
"The big thing for us was to halt the momentum and then change it, I guess," said White. "We have done that now.
"The new guys coming in have added a bit of energy around the group. Not that everyone had their heads down or anything when we got here but there is a good feeling around the group again."
White, 26, had never batted higher than five in a ODI prior to this series but has responded to the promotion with scores of 53, 42 and 105 in Ponting's absence.
Nevertheless, the former Somerset schemer has no problems with dropping back down the order following his captain's arrival back in the UK.
"In terms of having Ricky back - he is the best player in the world - we really look forward to that and I am sure he will do very well," said White.
"I understand Ricky is obviously going to come back and bat three. So if the selectors feel they want to keep the middle-order the same I guess there is not much I can do about that.
"But I guess I have put a case forward to say that I can bat anywhere in the middle order for Australia."