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“It all goes back to the dressing room and making sure that environment is right and on this tour I think we let it slip a bit”
England wicketkeeper and vice-captain Matt Prior has admitted that the national team were whitewashed 5-0 during the recently concluded Ashes series since they let their standards slip.
Prior also revealed that there was a lack of respect for captain Alastair Cook and team director Andy Flower as many players would turn up late for team meetings and wear the wrong kit during practice sessions.
“There are obvious straightforward cricketing reasons why we lost the Ashes in Australia but when assessing this defeat you have to look deeper,” Prior wrote in his column for The Telegraph. “It all goes back to the dressing room and making sure that environment is right and on this tour I think we let it slip a bit.
“We let a few things slide. They appear trivial issues to those on the outside but they are important when building a team environment.
“Little things like wearing the right kit, turning up to meetings on time, not five minutes late. It is about the respect you have for your team-mates, coach and captain.”