<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Ashes 2013: England focusing on whitewash, says James Anderson" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130731005946.jpg" title="Ashes 2013: England focusing on whitewash, says James Anderson" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> James Anderson had said only last week that England were looking for an Ashes whitewash © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Manchester: Jul 30, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> England spearhead <a href="/tags/James-Anderson/post" target="_blank">James Anderson</a> said on Tuesday that the side were focused solely on the job in the hand ahead of the third Ashes Test against Australia and not a 5-0 whitewash.<br /> <br /> Ashes-holders England have put themselves in pole position to retain the urn by going 2-0 up in the five-match series with victories at Trent Bridge and Lord's ahead of this week's clash at Lancashire paceman Anderson's Old Trafford home ground.<br /> <br /> Only last week Anderson, who turned 31 on Tuesday, said, "We want to win the series 5-0, so we will be doing everything we can in each game to win."<br /> <br /> But in his latest remarks, he indicated the best way of achieving a 5-0 sweep — something England have never managed against arch-rivals Australia — was to concentrate on one Test at a time.<br /> <br /> "It (5-0) is not something we are really focusing on," said Anderson, the series' joint leading wicket taker along with England off-spinner <a href="/tags/Graeme-Swann/post" target="_blank">Graeme Swann</a>.<br /> <br /> "We played really well in the first two games and our job is to improve on that," Anderson told a news conference at Old Trafford.<br /> <br /> "We have to concentrate on winning this game and not looking too far ahead in the series."<br /> <br /> When the third Test starts on Thursday it will be the first time Old Trafford — which shares its name with the nearby Manchester United football ground -- has staged an Ashes match since 2005 when Australia's last-wicket pair of <a href="/tags/Brett-Lee/post" target="_blank">Brett Lee</a> and <a href="/tags/Glenn-McGrath/post" target="_blank">Glenn McGrath</a> batted out the final four overs of a thrilling draw.<br /> <br /> "I am very exited about it. I have not played an Ashes Test here before," said Anderson, who was born in nearby Burnley.<br /> <br /> "I was fortunate to get to one of the days here in 2005 and the atmosphere was incredible."<br /> <br /> Since 2005, Old Trafford has undergone a £44 million ($67 million) redevelopment which has seen the pavilion modernised, a conference centre built and, perhaps the most striking change of all, the square turned so that pitches now face north-south rather than east-west axis.<br /> <br /> "The ground looks amazing, the redevelopments have made huge improvements and come Thursday it will be an incredible atmosphere and something we are all looking forward to," Anderson said.<br /> <br /> "The whole region is cricket-mad and to get an Ashes Test back is a huge thing for the area."<br /> <br /> However, for all the changes the surface at Old Trafford — where England off-spinner Jim Laker took a record 19 wickets for 90 runs in the 1956 Ashes Test — remains helpful to slow bowlers.<br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Monty-Panesar/post" target="_blank">Monty Panesar</a> has been added to England's squad as a second spinner but Anderson was understandably keen the pitch should have something in it for himself and the rest of the hosts' faster bowlers.<br /> <br /> "It has been renowned for helping spin and I presume that is the thinking with him (Panesar) being in the squad but we like to cover all bases," he said.<br /> <br /> "We have plenty of seam and spin options and in the past it has been renowned for being pacey with bounce but it has changed slightly in the last few years.<br /> <br /> "Hopefully there will be a bit of pace in the pitch because that is something which has been lacking in the first two games for the seamers."<br /> <br /> Meanwhile Anderson said he had no specific information on Kevin Pietersen's fitness after the batsman suffered a calf injury at Lord's.<br /> <br /> England have added the in-form James Taylor to their squad as cover for Pietersen.<br /> <br /> "He (Pietersen) has been rehabbing hard and doing everything to get himself fit and we'll keep our fingers crossed," said Anderson.<br /> <br /> Pietersen did bat in the nets on Tuesday and, with his left calf strapped up, joined his team-mates in a warm-up before going through his own training routine under the guidance of England's physiotherapist.<br /> England are unlikely to say for definite if Pietersen is playing until they announce their team on Thursday.