My performance has been ’embarrassing’, admits Matt Prior

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“There are people questioning our desire and hunger and that really hurts because it means we have been giving the wrong impression, but nobody wants to win the Ashes more than us”

England vice-captain and wicketkeeper Matt Prior has admitted that his performance in the ongoing Ashes series has been “embarrassing”.

Prior’s comments come after he only scored 73 runs in the first two Test matches at a dismal average of 18.25.

“The first innings collapse in Adelaide was as embarrassing a performance as I have been involved in with England,” Prior wrote in his column for The Daily Telegraph. “The disappointing thing was how people got out. You are representing your country and that is not a performance anybody expects from this team.”

Prior was also quick to dismiss rumours that England had lost their “desire” to win.

“There are people questioning our desire and hunger and that really hurts because it means we have been giving the wrong impression, but nobody wants to win the Ashes more than us,” he said. “We have taken flak for it and rightly so. There are times as a sportsman you have to be honest. You cannot turn away from it and make excuses or look for positives.

“We were horrendous and there have been honest chats and words spoken.”

Prior added that England need to win the third Test in Perth if the team are to have any chance of retaining the Ashes.

“We know we are up against it,” he said. “We like doing it the hard way and it does not come any harder for an English cricketer than having to go to Perth and win. But if we manage to come back it will be one of the best fightbacks ever and we have to look at it that way.”

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