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McGrath: Australia will sweep Ashes 5-0

FORMER Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath has risked reclaiming top spot in the league of failed Ashes pundits by predicting Australia will sweep England 5-0 in the Ashes series starting in England today.

McGrath made the prediction to The Australian newspaper, repeating the famous forecast he made for the 2005 series in England, which the hosts won 2-1 against expectations and after losing the series-opening match. That was England's first Ashes series win since Australia reclaimed the old urn under Allan Border in 1989.

Though few gamblers would back an Australian clean-sweep this year, McGrath said he is not being silly and his forecast is solidly based.

"My prediction is it will be 5-0 to Australia," McGrath said. "I've got total confidence in the boys, especially watching the way they played in South Africa in the last test series.

"I thought that would have given them a lot of confidence. They showed what they can do and the huge potential that they've got.

"If they can do the same here and maybe even improve in one or two areas they will do really well and probably win 5-0."

McGrath, who retired two years ago with 563 test wickets, has been working with Australia's fast bowlers ahead of the Ashes series.

He was among the exodus of seasoned stars to retire from test cricket after Australia reclaimed the Ashes 5-0 on home soil in 2006/07.


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