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Henry Blofeld fears England Ashes whitewash with defeat in pivotal second Test

Henry Blofeld fears that England could be heading towards humiliation. Photo: PA

Legendary cricket commentator, and Norfolk son, Henry Blofeld says that England could be in line for an Ashes series humiliation if they fail to win the second Test.

Play gets underway later tonight in Adelaide, with England going into the game on the back of a convincing defeat in the series opener in Brisbane.

Australia cruised to a 5-0 series win in 2006/07. Credit: PA

England suffered a 5-0 whitewash in 2006/07 after losing the first test at the Gabba, and speaking to ITV News Anglia, Blofeld said that he was concerned that history could repeat itself.

"What an important test match this is.

"If England don't get this one back, I can really see it being another four, five nothing defeat because the Australians established a psychological hole in the first match in Brisbane."

– Henry Blofeld, Cricket commentator

Blofeld was speaking to us today after getting married this week at Langar Hall in Nottinghamshire.

You can see the interview in full by clicking the link below

Meanwhile, England captain and Essex star Alastair Cook has called for cool heads to avoid a repeat of the sledging which soured the first test.

Australian skipper Michael Clarke was fined 20% of his match fee for threatening England's James Anderson with a broken arm whilst the tourists also dished out their fair share of abuse.

"I think people want to see real tough cricket, that's what they enjoy, but there's got to be a boundary that we don't cross.

"Maybe last week we let emotion get ahead of ourselves on some occasions and it became a little bit ugly.

"Obviously Michael (Clarke) and I have got a responsibility as captains to make sure that doesn't happen again."

– Alastair Cook, England captain

It all points towards another epic encounter at the Adelaide Ovel, with England knowing that defeat would leave them facing a mountain to turn things around.

However, if they were to win, the series would be tantalisingly poised heading into the final three tests.