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England have never won an Ashes 5-0

Let’s stretch our goalsEngland’s James Anderson not only wants to wrap up the series by taking a 3-0 lead while playing at his home ground in Old Trafford, but also stated publicly that they want to win the series 5-0.photo: AFP
Let’s stretch our goalsEngland’s James Anderson not only wants to wrap up the series by taking a 3-0 lead while playing at his home ground in Old Trafford, but also stated publicly that they want to win the series 5-0.photo: AFP

James Anderson has stated publicly England’s ambition to win the Ashes 5-0 after going 2-0 up against Australia in the ongoing Test series.

Australia have twice routed their arch-rivals by such a margin but England have never won an Ashes 5-0.

But following their 347-run thrashing of Australia at Lord’s last week, England have the chance to win their third straight Ashes series at Lancashire paceman Anderson’s Old Trafford home ground where the third Test starts on August 1.

Anderson bowled 13 consecutive overs on the final morning of England’s 14-run first Test win at Trent Bridge but had a less stressful time at Lord’s. Despite being 28 for three in the second Test, England went on to win inside four days on the back of hundreds by Ian Bell and Joe Root and nine wickets for off-spinner Graeme Swann.

And while there has been pity in some quarters for the Aussies, Anderson has urged England to be merciless.

“I don’t really feel any sympathy,” Anderson said. “We want to win the series 5-0, so we will be doing everything we can in each game to win.”

Now Anderson is looking forward to facing Australia on his home ground.

“Cricket is huge in the north, and I hate Headingley (the Leeds headquarters of Lancashire’s traditional rivals Yorkshire), so it is good to play a Test at Old Trafford,” he said of a venue much changed in recent years.

Upbeat over KP fitness

Earlier on Tuesday, Anderson said the team were optimistic Kevin Pietersen would be fit for next week’s third Ashes Test at Old Trafford.

“As far as I know it was a strain so we’ll keep our fingers crossed that he’ll be fine for the Old Trafford Test.

“For him more than most, the next 10 days will be crucial, a lot of rehab and trying to get himself fit for next week – which we’re all hoping he will be.”AFP


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