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Whitewash looms as England falter

The prospect of a whitewash after England's dismal performance at the MCG looms large after England lost fourth Ashes Test by an innings and 99 runs.

On the third day which eventually became the last day with England's loss, there was nothing much to cheer for England apart from in the morning when England took three wickets to restrict Australia's first innings to 419 and were left trailing by 260 runs.

Despite the excellent vocal support from the travelling England supporters, the England batsmen just lacked bite and only Andrew Strauss managed to score more than 30 runs.

I was particularly impressed by Brett Lee and Stuart Clark performances taking a combined seven wickets and on the England side I was impressed by Monty Panesar who scored a quick 14 runs from 19 balls. Lee and Clark are the future of Australia's bowling and on their performance today it looks bright.

Unless something dramatic happens on the English side it looks very likely that England will lose the fifth and final Ashes Test resulting in a 5 nil whitewash.

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