The Guardian – Never before have England inflicted a 5-0 whitewash on Australia in any format.

Summary

  • Agar’s analysis is hard to take issue with – and refreshing to hear from an Australian spinner given Nathan Lyon’s public pronouncements before last winter’s Ashes – with it difficult to escape the notion that unless the home side’s performance at Old Trafford dips like the sell-out crowd is expected to when England versus Panama is broadcast, 5-0 looks on.
  • England’s batting is firing in such a way that 263 runs are needed to break their own world record of 1,617 in a five-match series.
  • The visitors pinched a win in Cardiff (one they would repeat in the next summer’s Champions Trophy), leaving the Test side that beat India in 1959 and the 50-over one that toured Zimbabwe in 2001 as the only England men’s teams to win a series 5-0.
  • While the chat around the England team has more surrounded which players make way when Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes return – they are hoping to face India next month in what should be a serious increase in intensity – Australia’s plight has been couched by the suspensions of Steve Smith and David Warner and injuries to Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.
  • The two sides last met at Old Trafford in 2015 when England were still coming to terms with their collective 50-over epiphany and lost a series decider by eight wickets.


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