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England players want revenge, says Harmison

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Former England bowler Steve Harmison thinks members of the current team will be using the whitewash from the 2006-07 Ashes series as motivation to give Australia the same treatment this year.

The hosts currently lead the 2013 series 2-0 after two matches, and the ex-Durham seamer, who infamously bowled a wide to second slip in the first delivery of that series in 2006, thinks Alistair Cook's men will not let up going into the final three Tests.

"Even now it still hurts that we lost 5-0, it still haunts me to think about that first ball of the series and it was a horrible eight weeks I would prefer to forget," he told the Daily Mirror.

"But a few lads in this England team, including the captain, were on that trip and they will be desperate to give it back to the Aussies.

"They may not say it in public, but on the inside they will be determined over the next five days to go 3-0 up in the series and keep the possibility of 5-0 alive.

"If I was still playing for England, I would be motivated by the thought of doing to them what they did to us."

But the 34-year-old warned England against complacency going into the Third test at Old Trafford, as he thinks the pressure could build should the Aussies cut the deficit in Manchester.

"The Aussies didn't show us any mercy in 2006-7, so we need to keep our foot firmly on their throats because they would do the same to us.

"I'm sure there will be a lot of money on England to win 5-0, and in my mind there's no question we are the better side, but the difference between the teams is not so great that we can afford to relax.

"Let's make sure we don't give them a chance of getting back in the series - because if it's 2-1 after Old Trafford, England would feel the pressure."

Harmison was part of the last England team to play Australia in an Ashes match at Old Trafford in 2005, and he has fond memories of that occasion, despite falling one wicket short of turning a draw into a victory, as it gave the team momentum going into the final two Tests.

"Although we fell one wicket short of winning, in many ways it was was the best match of the series because it went to the last ball of the last over of the final day.

"Andrew (Flintoff) and I had two overs each to try and dislodge Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath, but to tell the truth I was running on empty. 

"It had taken us seven hours to get rid of Ricky Ponting, who played the innings of his life, and although my heart and my head were pumping, my legs had gone.

"When it was all over, our captain Michael Vaughan convened a team huddle in the middle and pointed to the Aussies celebrating their great escape on the visitors' balcony.

"He said, 'Look at that - the great Australian team are jumping around because they have drawn a Test match'. 

"That's when we knew we had got them, that's when we knew we could go on and regain the Ashes."

 

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