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Ashes whitewash a real possibility

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England's demolition of Australia at Lords during the second test has given English supporters the rare possibility of witnessing a whitewash over Australia.

After competing well at Trent Bridge in the first Test and even having a chance of victory the Australians capitulated to a huge defeat at Lords which perhaps is a true representation of the gap between the two sides.

Never before have I witnessed a gap this big in England's favour and the possibility for England to dominate for many years to come is a very realistic one.

The first test gave the touring side hope that they could be competitive against England but in truth Darren Lehman's appointment has simply masked the issues that Australian cricket has at the moment. Lehman is a man who is clearly capable of galvanising a side but there are many more issues that he needs to address and many that are more pressing.

I doubted that any Australian touring side would lay down and be beaten easily but now I am more inclined to believe the press when they predicted an embarrassing series defeat before a ball was even bowled. Ian Botham's prediction of a double 5-0 victory, with victories this summer and in the winter series down under, may not be far off the mark.

There is no doubt that the Australians have talent but they appear to be a collection of individuals rather than a team which England undoubtedly are. The problem now with Australian cricket is that there does not appear to be any depth in their batting or bowling if injuries strike.

The batsmen are in serious need of runs and a boost to their confidence. They are all talented but in terms of Test match cricket only Michael Clarke can claim to be a true test match batsman at present. Shane Watson clearly has issues, particularly with his technique which England have exploited very impressively. When Australia lose one wicket they also have a tendency to lose wickets in clusters which is difficult to recover from. An over reliance on lower order runs cannot continue.

In truth future test pitches in this series do not look as though they will give any help to the Australians either. The next match at Old Trafford will definitely favour England's bowling attack particularly the fact that notoriously pitches at Old Trafford tend to favour spin bowlers later in the game and with Graeme Swann England have one of the best spin bowlers in the world.

England are also winning this series without playing particularly well themselves. Alistair Cook and Kevin Pietersen have not scored the runs we expect of them and the bowling attack, particularly in the first test, was over reliant on Jimmy Anderson. The emergence of Joe Root has been an extra bonus for England and perhaps another nail in the coffin of Australia now and in any future series.

England are now looking at going on and dominating World cricket for many years to come whilst Australia need to re-evaluate their domestic system and rebuild themselves from what could turn out to be a very heavy defeat.

 

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