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Matt Prior: England can still win the Ashes

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Matt Prior believes England can still win the Ashes despite suffering defeats in the first two Tests.

When asked if England can still win the Ashes, England’s vice-captain Matt Prior said to reporters: “Absolutely, 100%.

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

Excuse is a word that never was and never will find a place in any sport. England too aren’t giving excuses for their massive defeats.

“You can sit there and sulk, moan, whinge and make excuses - but you will just get beaten,” Prior added. “You have to get rid of all that, and fight."

Though the only instance of a team winning the Ashes after being 2-0 down is 1936-37 when Australia won, Prior is still determined to help England turn around the Ashes series and earn a 3-2 win Down Under that would regain the urn.

“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. There is a huge amount of hunger in this dressing room to turn this around.” he said.

Talking about the Test that has begun now for England, the Sussex player said: “It started the moment we walked off the pitch at Adelaide, we know we’ve got to turn things round and do it quickly here in Perth.

“We have to start this Test series again with a clean slate and come here firing on all cylinders, and get a result. This isn’t the time for mincing words, positive this and positive that.”

The best thing England can do is accept where they are - accepting what you are will always help you to improve, Prior too had the same view and talked about brutal honesty.

“Sometimes you have to look at yourself straight in the mirror and know where you’re at,” said Prior.

“If you don’t do that you will do the same things and get the same results, and we can’t afford to do that.

“We have experience in the dressing room and guys who have had quite a lot of ups and a few downs as well, and we have to learn from all of those mistakes.

“The one thing you do learn is that if you carry on doing what you always did you get what you always got. This is a time for brutal honesty and ‘fronting up’.”

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