‘We have to come here firing on all cylinders and get a result’, says Matt Prior

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“Sometimes you have got to look yourself straight in the mirror and know where you are at”

England vice-captain and wicketkeeper Matt Prior has announced that the national team have to be “firing on all cylinders” when they head into the third Test in Perth.

Prior added that England have to “get a result” in Perth if they are to have any chance of salvaging the series and retaining the Ashes for a fourth time in a row, a feat which they have not accomplished since the 1890s.

“Quite frankly we have to start again,” Prior said. “It’s a clean slate and we have to come here firing on all cylinders and get a result.

“This isn’t a time for mincing words…positive this, positive that. Sometimes you have got to look yourself straight in the mirror and know where you are at.

“It is all well and good me sitting here talking about fight and hunger and everything, but the only way we are going to show how much fight and hunger we have got is out on that cricket pitch.

“This is the time for brutal honesty and fronting up.”

Despite England not having defeated Australia in Perth since 1978, Prior is confident the national team have the potential to end their 35-year losing streak.

“You can sit there and sulk, moan, whinge and make excuses – but you will just get beaten,” he said. “You have to get rid of all that, and fight.

“People have written us off; we’re at Perth; we haven’t won here for however many years.

“But quite frankly that excites me. Records are there to be broken.”

Prior also admitted that he must step up and prove his worth after he only managed to score 73 runs in the first two Tests at a dismal average of 18.25.

“All I’ve been worried about doing is working hard and marking sure that I am performing to the levels that I expect from myself,” he said. “Not for myself but for those other guys in the dressing room. To make sure that the bowlers are not having to fend off new balls, that is my job.

“People write things and say things and have opinions but ultimately no one hurts more than myself.”

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