Perth: Steve Smith insists he wants to keep the reins as Australia's one-day captain as Cricket Australia go back to the drawing board in a bid to recover from a woeful year in the format.
A 12-month period in which Australia have won just two of 13 completed one-day internationals ended meekly in Perth on Sunday as Australia lost 6-58 against a weakened England bowling at attack at the end of their innings, collapsing to a 12-run loss and 4-1 series defeat.
With the World Cup in England just 16 months away, CA have conceded they have considerable work to do, with chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns last week flagging a review into Australia's ODI struggles. Australia's next ODI series is not until June, when they head to England for a five-match series.
Smith noted there were various reasons for his team's malaise. His own form is one of them, with the captain making just 102 runs across five innings during the England series. It was an affliction shared by his deputy David Warner, who posted just 73 in his five knocks. Neither reached 50 once.
England are conversely thriving in one-day cricket, with Test captain Joe Root, free from the responsibilities of being one-day skipper, named man of the series.
However speaking after the defeat in Perth, Smith said he wanted to keep leading his country in both formats, even after saying a day earlier that he was looking forward to his upcoming two-week rest after a long season in which he starred as Australia regained the Ashes.
"I'm happy leading these boys at the moment," Smith said.
"Unfortunately I haven't done as well with the bat in this series as I would have liked. Probably both me and Dave as the senior players, haven't stepped up. We were talking about it just before and that really hurts your team when your two senior players aren't scoring the runs that they need to be. I'd like to keep taking this team forward and leading the boys and doing the best I can."
Smith is taking time off ahead of the upcoming Test tour of South Africa, but the same cannot be said of Warner, who will captain the Twenty20 side in the tri-series involving England and New Zealand which begins on Saturday night in Sydney.
Smith said he was hopeful Warner would be right to carry on uninterrupted despite being the only Australian player to be a part of the international squad in all three formats. "I hope he'll be OK," Smith said.
"I'm sure if he's not he'll have a word and see how he's going. Obviously South Africa's an important series for us, as is the T20 series now. We've got to start playing better white ball cricket as a whole. I'm looking forward to this rest. It's been a long summer. I haven't contributed the way I would have liked in this series. A couple of weeks off now to I guess refresh, re-charge and get myself ready for what's a challenging South African tour."
Smith hinted that everything would be on the table as Australia seek solutions in one-day cricket, suggesting that Nathan Lyon would be in the mix for a one-day return after a brilliant year in Test cricket and strong recent form in the Big Bash League.
"Obviously after this series we're going to have a good, hard look at I guess everything with our one-day cricket," Smith said.
"If he's in our plans going forward then so be it. Obviously he went back after the Test matches and bowled pretty well in the Big Bash, so his name will certainly come up that's for sure.
"I think he's a great competitor, and he spins the ball hard so it's obviously something to talk about."
Paceman Pat Cummins missed Sunday's game with hamstring tightness, but CA says he is expected to be fine for the Test squad's departure for South Africa in mid-February.