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“Those days when the guys used to think ‘oh my goodness we are going to Australia again, we are going to get beaten up’ – those days are gone”
England vice-captain Matt Prior believes that this is the best chance his side have to make history as they are just one Ashes win away from beating Australia four times in a row, a feat which has not been accomplished since the 1890s.
“Four in a row would be a massive achievement,” Prior said. “It’s a huge carrot.
“In 2009 we were having a meeting at Lord’s and said it was 75 years since we beat Australia here – we have to change that. We did it.
“We won in India for the first time in 28 years, and won the Ashes in Australia for the first time in 25 years.
“Those stats really get us going and the team enjoys those challenges and making that bit of history.
“This four in a row would be the biggest thing in my career and I imagine also for the other boys.”
Prior added that Australia will be on the back foot and under immense pressure during the upcoming series, which gets underway on November 21 in Brisbane, since they were thrashed 3-0 during the recent Ashes series this summer.
“The plan is to go over there, win and win well,” Prior said. “The experience of beating them in 2010-11 is hugely important.
“I look back at the memories of travelling to Australia and they are all great memories – winning games, playing well, the team scoring big scores, bowling Australia out.
“All of those very positive thoughts come into your mind before you’ve even got on the plane and that’s vital.
“Those days when the guys used to think ‘oh my goodness we are going to Australia again, we are going to get beaten up’ – those days are gone.”