England 7/2 for whitewash

  • Last Updated: July 22 2013, 10:38 BST

England are now a best of just 7/2 with Paddy Power to win the Ashes 5-0 after they wrapped up a crushing 347-run victory over Australia in the second Test at Lord's.

England wrapped up an emphatic victory at Lord's
England wrapped up an emphatic victory at Lord's

After England declared on 349 for seven this morning - a colossal 582 ahead - the tourists were faced with challenge of batting for virtually two days to save the Test but their task quickly came nigh on impossible once their top order crumbled once again.

James Pattinson (35) and Ryan Harris (16 not out) put on a manful last-wicket stand worth 43 and nearly forced the game into a fifth day but Grame Swann trapped Pattinson leg before with just three balls left in the last session.

Swann finished with four for 78 to add to his first-innings five-for, while centurion Joe Root took the wickets of Usman Khawaja and Michael Clarke on a track that provided devilish turn at times.

Alastair Cook's side now have one hand on the urn, needing to win just one of the next three matches to take the series outright, while even a draw at Old Trafford in the next Test would see them retain the Ashes.

England are no bigger than 1/25 with Ladbrokes to win the Ashes while Australia are 50/1 at bet365, with a drawn series priced at 18/1.

  • Posted at 2000 BST on 21/07/2013.