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Anderson wants Ashes whitewash

UPDATED 24 July, 2013 4:03PM AEST | by PAA 1

James Anderson has spelled out England's intention to inflict a first home Ashes whitewash on Australia.

It has been an unspoken ambition for Alastair Cook's team so far, to make good on the predictions of former Ashes winner Ian Botham - among others - to beat the old enemy 5-0.

But after England went 2-0 up with their 347-run trouncing of Australia at Lord's and, as he anticipates the prospect of completing a third successive Ashes series win on his home ground at Old Trafford next week, fast bowler Anderson has broken ranks.

The tourists pushed England hard in the first Test at Trent Bridge, where a tireless Anderson had to bowl 13 consecutive overs on the final morning and ended up taking Australia's last four wickets to hold on by 14 runs to take a 1-0 lead.

It was a very different story at Lord's, though, where England recovered from a blip on the first morning - when they were 3-28 - to dominate the match on the back of Ian Bell and Joe Root's centuries and nine wickets for offspinner Graeme Swann.

Anderson still expects Australia to show plenty more fight, but has no time for those who have begun to feel sorry for Michael Clarke's team after their, at times, hapless display at HQ.

"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."

It will be a dream scenario for Anderson, of course, if he can help clinch the urn on his home ground.

A third successive Ashes series victory has not been achieved by England since allrounder and all-time leading Test wicket-taker Botham thrillingly turned the 1981 series in their favour - including a famous century in Manchester.

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Anderson knows, to prevail again, England might need to put in a more complete performance than they did in the second Test.

"We were 30 for three in both innings at Lord's," Anderson added.

"We have not been perfect with the ball either.

"At the same time, when we have been in tough positions, we have been able to get out of them, so that is positive."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 24 July, 2013 3:55PM AEST

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