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The Ashes: Smith makes whitewash pledge

Steve Smith says Australia will not be easing off despite already having the Ashes wrapped up and they are keen to complete a series whitewash against England.

Australia lead 3-0 after dominating the series so far and they are priced at 2/1 to go on and win it 5-0, with Tests in Sydney and Hobart to come.

Full steam ahead

Australia could be forgiven for taking their eye off the ball but they are way too professional for that and vice-captain Smith says they are keen to keep on winning cricket matches.

As good as Australia have been when dismantling England, Smith also says they are far from the finished article and there is still room for improvement.

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And that is something they aim to work on, starting at the SCG with the fourth Test set to get underway on Wednesday.

"The guys are in a really good place and we've played some really good cricket throughout," Smith said. "We're still a young side building together as a group and we want to get better as a team.

"While we've got the foot on the throat so to speak, we want to continue that momentum and have a good week out here.

"It's nice to have wrapped it up in three, that takes the pressure off but we want to keep being relentless and ruthless and keep winning games of cricket."

Records in Smith’s sights

Smith also has a record in his sights and victories in the next two Tests would see him equal a century-old record of most Ashes wins on home soil.

That stands at 15 and was set by Clem Hill and Warwick Armstrong, who last played an Ashes Test in 1911 and 1921 respectively.

Smith and Nathan Lyon could also figure in two Ashes whitewashes having also played in 2013/14. Michael Clarke is the only other player to have ever played in two.

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