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 has twice routed its rival by such a margin but England has never won an Ashes 5-0.

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

And while there has been pity in some quarters for Australia’s plight, 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 rival Yorkshire), so it is good to play a Test at Old Trafford,” he said of a venue much changed in recent years.

“There is so much history at the ground,” Anderson said. “It was in need of a lick of paint, and it got that and a little more — so I think it is going to be an amazing atmosphere.” — AFP

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