‘There is no other man I’d want taking us on to the field’ than Cook, says Matt Prior

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“He will probably be the greatest England cricketer”

England vice-captain and wicketkeeper Matt Prior has announced that “there is no other man I’d want taking us on to the field” than captain Alastair Cook.

Prior’s comments come ahead of Cook’s 100th Test, which will come during the third Ashes Test in Perth.

“I don’t know the records he is about to break, but there are going to be a few of them,” Prior said. “Playing his 100th Test, he’s only just turned 20 or something! He will probably be the greatest England cricketer.

“In my mind, there is no doubt about that – and from a leader point of view, there is no other man I’d want taking us on to the field.”

Despite being 2-0 down after the first two Tests, Prior remains convinced that England can fight back and retain the Ashes for a fourth time in a row, a feat which they have not accomplished since the 1890s.

“For an England cricketer, it doesn’t get any harder – two down in an Ashes series coming to Perth,” he said. “(But) if we do come out and force a result here, how exciting would that be…in the England dressing room at the end of this game, getting a result in Perth to get back into this series?

“That’s what we have to concentrate on and work towards, and that’s exactly what we’re focusing on.”

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