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A whitewash is an informal term in sport describing a game or series in which the losing person or team fails to score.
A whitewash may be in a single game where the loser fails to score any points or goals, or in a series where the loser fails to win a game. In North America the two are differentiated, with the former called a shutout and the latter a sweep.
In cricket, Whitewash is a term that is used when a team wins all the matches played in a series of at least 3 matches.
- Australia's 5–0 defeat of England to win the 1920-21 Ashes series.
- Australia's 3–0 defeat of England to win the 1979-80 Test series.
- West Indies' consecutive 5–0 defeats of England in 1984 and 1985-86. These two Wisden Trophy results are also commonly labelled blackwashes because of the dark skin of the West Indies players.
- Australia's 5-0 defeat of the West Indies in 2000-01 to win the Frank Worrell Trophy
- Australia's 5–0 defeat of England to win the 2006–07 Ashes series.
- Sri Lanka's 5–0 defeat of England to win the 2006 Natwest Series.
- Australia's 3-0 Test victory, 5-0 One Day victory and 1-0 Twenty20 victory over Pakistan in Australia in 2009-10.
- England's 4-0 defeat of India to win the Pataudi Trophy during India's tour of England in 2011.
- Australia's 4-0 defeat of India to win the 2011-12 Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
- Pakistan's 3-0 defeat of England during England's tour of the UAE in 2011–12.
- India's 4-0 defeat of Australia to win the 2012-13 Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
- Australia's 5–0 defeat of England to win the 2013–14 Ashes series.
- Sri Lanka's 3–0 defeat of Australia to win the Warne-Muralidaran Trophy in 2016.
- South Africa's 5–0 ODI defeat of Australia during Australia's 2016–17 tour.
- India's 3-0 defeat of New Zealand during New Zealand's tour of India 2016—17
The term whitewash is also used in rugby union when one team loses every single match in a particular series. The team that comes last in the Six Nations Championship has the ignominy of being awarded the wooden spoon, even if they have not suffered a complete whitewash.
In ATP and WTA tennis, the term whitewash is used when a player fails to win a game in a match (6-0, 6-0, 6-0 or 6-0, 6-0), also called a triple- or double-bagel respectively. Double bagels are more common.
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