The Ashes: Pitch battles at Manchester all part of the game for Alastair Cook

Old Trafford has long had a reputation for taking turn and so should suit England off-spinner Graeme Swann, joint leading bowler in the series thus far with 13 wickets. Indeed, England have added left-arm spinner Monty Panesar to their squad.

updated: July 31, 2013 16:21 IST
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Manchester: England captain Alastair Cook said on Wednesday that adapting to different conditions was all part of the game, amid suggestions that pitches for the Ashes series had been prepared to order.

Cook's men are 2-0 up with three to play heading into the third Test against Australia at Manchester's Old Trafford starting on Thursday.

At both Trent Bridge and Lord's, where Ashes-holders England won the second Test by a colossal 347 runs, pitches were bare and dry, aiding reverse swing and spin -- two areas where the hosts are considered to have an advantage over their arch-rivals.

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