Wednesday 11 December 2013 

Video - England Need To Attack - Prior

Wicket-keeper Matthew Prior says that England will look to be attacking with the bat as they bid to get back into the Ashes series after maulings in Brisbane and Adelaide.

Having failed to even reach 200 in the first three innings of the series, they showed some fight in the second innings at the Adelaide Oval, when they made 312 before going to a 218-run defeat.

Prior, whose natural style is to play aggressively whenever possible, says that if England are to stand any chance of overturning a 2-0 deficit, they need to come hard at Australia.

"I would hate to see this team with the batting talent that we have to go out there and just try and survive," he said.

"That's not the way we are going to win in Australia, walking out and looking timid and surviving. We have to (find) ways of putting pressure back on the Aussie bowlers and that I hope is the way we'll play."

He has no doubt that going 2-0 down in the series is going to stir England into fighting back, and he brushed aside the fact that England have not won a Test in Perth since 1978.

"One thing I know about this cricket team is when we get to this place we come out fighting. You have no option.

"You can sit there sulk, moan, winge, make excuses - you know you are just going to get beaten. You have to get rid of all of that, you have to come out and fight.

"Everything is against us - people have written us off, we are at Perth, we haven't won here for how ever many number of years. That quite frankly excites me. Records are there to be broken - there is a huge amount of hunger in this England dressing room to turn around this Test match.

"It doesn't get any harder, for an England cricketer it doesn't get any harder - you are 2-0 down in an Ashes series coming to Perth. If we do get a result and we do force something out here, how exciting would that be?

"How exciting would that be in the England dressing room at the end of this Test match if we won again at Perth to get back into this series?

"That's the thing we have to concentrate on and work towards."

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