We can only get better, says Warner

Under new management ... Australia's David Warner and Steve Smith (right). Photo: Saeed Khan/AAP Image.
Under new management ... Australia's David Warner and Steve Smith (right). Photo: Saeed Khan/AAP Image.

India beware - the Australian batsmen feel they are capable of getting better.

That might be hard to believe heading into today's fourth one-dayer in Canberra.

But the Aussies hold a 3-0 lead in the five-game series thanks to brilliant batting in all three games so far.

The world champs showed remarkable precision in chasing down India's 309, 308 and 295.

That is because returning

opener David Warner, back from paternity leave, said his teammates were constantly raising the bar and setting new goals.

"The boys are playing fantastic cricket," he said.

"The way we're going out there and addressing the situation when we're batting has been phenomenal.

"We know what the benchmark is - everyone is saying 250 is now 300 in one-day cricket.

"We can't wait to see the totals everyone is capable of getting and chasing down in the near future."

Despite being an established opener for Australia in all three forms of the game, Warner

admitted his absence created pressure to hold his place.

Shaun Marsh impressed in Warner's spot for games two and three, scoring 71 and 62.

Usman Khawaja also can open the batting but will not play in this series, despite scoring three Test hundreds and a ton for the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League, this summer.

"You've got to come back and you've got to be switched on, and you've got to score runs," Warner said. "The greatest thing about Australian cricket at the moment is we've got such great depth.

"When someone goes out there's always someone to replace you, who is as good as anyone else."

Warner watched on in delight as Glenn Maxwell scored a match-winning 96 from 83 balls to guide Australia to a thrilling three-wicket victory in Melbourne on Sunday night to seal the series.

Maxwell showed a great deal of maturity in his shot selection.

"I was very excited to see Maxwell go out there and play a mature innings and get us home," Warner said.

Along with Warner, Test off-spinner Nathan Lyon has also been called into the squad for today's match in Canberra.

Left-armer Joel Paris and Khawaja make way for the pair.


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