The third Test of the Ashes gets underway today and England are going to prepare themselves to go all out for the win in this test, if they triumph over Australia over the five days, the Ashes 2013 series will be there’s. Currently, England are leading this year’s Ashes series 2-0 meaning they have a massive advantage over Australia. They only need one more test and they have claimed the series win, but England would surely be thinking about a possible whitewash, meaning winning all 5 tests to conquer the Ashes.
Only one team out of the two which take part in the Ashes have managed to pull off a white wash, Australia. The Aussies have managed to capture a whitewash in the Ashes on two separate occasion in the 1920–21 series and more recently in the 2006–07 series, yet they have never conceded a whitewash against England. The current hosts have taken a 2-0 lead in the Ashes 9 times and can now take comfort in knowing that they have won 8 of those 9 series, but they will want to achieve a whitewash this year despite never being able to complete one in Ashes history.
Even though there is no doubt that the England players will want a comfortable whitewash win, the players have actually been talking it down saying they are just focused on improving. England bowler, James Anderson, commented, “It (a whitewash) is not something we are really focusing on. We played really well in the first two games. Our job is to improve on that. We are very conscious of not getting ahead of ourselves. We have to concentrate on winning this game and not looking too far ahead in the series.”
In the first Ashes test this year, it was a close fight which ended up with England winning by only 14 runs, following some fantastic bowling from James Anderson. The second test was a completely different story as England dominated Australia winning by 347 runs at Lord’s with a wonderful showing from the young Joe Root, who managed to score 180 runs before he was dismissed. England will hope to carry on their great form going into the third test, but Australia welcome back talented batsman David Warner, who is returning from a suspension.
Captain Alastair Cook has insisted that despite being 2-0 up, England have not had an easy ride against Australia, “The first Test at Trent Bridge was extremely close and we played well at Lord’s and it was a big victory, but it has been a tough series for us. We are expecting a tough match again and Australia have got very good players.” Looking forward, Cook has revealed that Kevin Pietersen is likely to be fit to play in the third test which is great news for the hosts as he is a key and influential player among the team.
Author Daniel Foster.
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