James Anderson has broken ranks by insisting England are looking to secure a 5-0 whitewash over the Australians this summer.
It has been an unspoken ambition for Alastair Cook's team so far, to make good on predictions of a 100 percent record this Ashes series.
And with England 2-0 up after winning at Lord's pace bowler Anderson has no time for those who have begun to feel sorry for Michael Clarke's team.
"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."
The Lancastrian could help clinch the urn on his home ground at Old Trafford next week in what would be a third successive series win.
And he is delighted the match is in Manchester rather than across the Pennines at Headingley.
"Cricket is huge in the north, and I hate Headingley, so it is good to play a Test at Old Trafford," he said of a venue which has undergone a much-needed transformation in recent years.
"There is so much history at the ground. 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."