The Boks are leading the series 2-0 with the final Test taking place on Saturday in Johannesburg. Whiteley will become the first Lions captain since Andre Vos in 2001 to lead the Springboks out at his home ground Ellis Park.
The talismanic number eight believes there is a lot to improve upon and is aware that there are plenty of challenges awaiting the Boks this year with the Rugby Championship beginning in August.
“We’re chasing perfection. We feel we’re headed in the right direction, although we know that there will be a lot of challenges to come this season. What’s good to know is that we have laid a foundation and have built a strong team culture,” Whiteley told Sport 24.
“France are a proud team, and I’m sure they will be looking to finish their season on a high.
“We had to work hard for the last two wins and this week should be no different. We haven’t spoken about a whitewash at all. We’re also not about sending statements to anybody. We know what we want to achieve, and we know that we still have a lot to improve on.”