England captain Joe Root looks glum after Australia go 2-0 up in the Ashes
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Steve Harmison has told talkSPORT an Ashes whitewash is ‘looking likely’ after Australia quickly wrapped up on day five of the second Test in Adelaide.
Captain Joe Root’s determined half-century on the penultimate day had given England hope of an unlikely fightback as they faced a national-record chase.
But those hopes were quickly erased as Australia took six wickets in under one season to go 2-0 up in the series with a 120-run victory.
Harmison was a winner of two Ashes series’ but was also part of the England squad that suffered the first Ashes whitewash defeat in over eighty years when they lost 5-0 Down Under in 2006/07.
And, asked if it’s looking likely this time around with the Baggy Greens in a seemingly comfortable lead, the former fast bowler said: “Well, it’s not looking good.
“England have shown a little bit of character in this last day and a half, but England have played nine and half says in this Test series and they’ve only won one day.
“If that form continues then I think 5-0 is looking likely.
“There are batting deficiencies in this Australia team and if England can get on top of them, they’ve got a sniff.
“But, if they can only score 250 runs, they’ve got no chance.”