Ashes 2013: Ian Botham backs England to whitewash Australia

England will look to retain the Ashes when they face Australia in a five-Test series that starts on July 10 at Trent Bridge and, if Botham's bold prediction comes true, they will then dominate again when they travel to Australia for the Ashes rematch later this year.

updated: June 10, 2013 00:40 IST
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London: Ian Botham has warned Australia that England are so superior to their old rivals that it would be no surprise to see back-to-back whitewashes in the forthcoming Ashes double-header.

England legend Botham believes his country's 48-run win over Australia in the Champions Trophy on Saturday is likely to be the first in a long line of victories in their meetings over the next few months.

The former all-rounder, who tormented Australia with his heroics during several epic Ashes encounters in the 1980s, is so unimpressed by Michael Clarke's squad that he believes England could win all 10 of the upcoming Tests between the countries.

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