Ashes 2013: Cook won’t allow England to think about whitewash
Ashes 2013: England's Alastair Cook says it would be dangerous for his side to start thinking of a whitewash ahead of third Test
Alastair Cook admits it would be “very dangerous” for England to turn their thoughts to a series whitewash ahead of the third Test against Australia on Thursday.
The hosts can move into a 3-0 lead – and seal a series triumph – if they can emulate their 2005 counterparts and secure a Test win at Old Trafford.
With Cook’s men winning the second match by a staggering 347 runs, England are now overwhelming favourites to retain the urn.
But the England captain insists his side won’t get carried away by thoughts of a whitewash and take the third Test “one hour at a time” as they seek another win.
“No. I think we’ve certainly spoken about it, but one of the strengths we do as a side is trying to break it down into as small things as we can,” said Cook.
“So it’s one hour at a time, not looking too far ahead. When you do you can cause yourself some trouble, so it’s (a case of) making sure that we try and get that first hour right tomorrow whether we bowl or bat.”
He added: “It’s very dangerous to start thinking like that.
“We are a very good side when we take games one step at a time and the only thing we can concentrate on is this Old Trafford Test match, not what’s gone before and not what’s going to come.
“It’s all about getting ourselves right and ready for the battle ahead and that’s the only thing that’s important.”