Whitewash meaning in cricket: What is whitewash in cricket series? – The Sportsrush

Gurpreet Singh
|Published 20/12/2022
England have whitewashed Pakistan in the three-match series.
England won the third and final Test match against Pakistan at the National Stadium in Karachi by 8 wickets, to lift the three-match Test series.
Having lifted the T20 World Cup just a month ago, they now have yet another feather in their cap as they become the only side to defeat Pakistan 3-0 in a Test series at home.
Having scored a century (111) in the first innings of the Test, Harry Brook was adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’. Moreover, for being the highest run-scorer in the series – 468 runs across 5 innings, and at a jaw-dropping average of 93.60 with the help of three centuries and a half-century, Brook was also also handed the ‘Player of the Series’ award.
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If this was not it, the 23-year-old also went past the legendary Dawid Gower to smash the record for piling on the most runs in a Test series in Pakistan. Gower, had amassed 449 runs in the year 1983.
As far as the match proceedings on ‘Day 4’ is concerned, it took mere one hour for England to win the contest and score the remaining 55 runs to whitewash the hosts in the series.
In the context of a Cricket series, if a team loses all the matches against their opposition, it is said that they have been whitewashed by the winning team.
In the aforementioned case, Pakistan have been whitewashed by England 0-3 in the three-match Test series. Or much simpler, England have whitewashed Pakistan 3-0 in the three-match series.
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This term in the context of sports originated from Baseball in the 19th century, when a team failed to score a single run against their opponent. With the team’s scoreboard remaining clean and blank, the beaten team was said to be whitewashed by the winning team.
Apart from whitewash, the term ‘clean sweep’ is also used used under similar circumstances for a team in the sport of Cricket.
Even before persuing his post-graduate diploma in English journalism from IIMC, Gurpreet was certain that Cricket had to be the driving force to keep him sane and optimistic in all life-related matters. Hailing from Ranchi and having represented Jharkhand at the Under-14 level, he believes that the more you keep digging in while understanding the nitty-gritty of a sport, the more humble you become with the realisation that you hardly know anything!
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