Let’s bully them! England’s Matt Prior wants to torment Australia
England wicketkeeper Matt Prior wants Alastair Cook's men to bully Australia in this summer's Ashes series
Matt Prior has called on his England team-mates to “bully” Australia in this summer’s Ashes series.
The wicketkeeper wants the hosts to replicate Australia’s dominant spell which saw them win eight successive series against England between 1989 and 2003 before Michael Vaughan’s side finally triumphed on home soil in 2005.
Prior particularly remembers the arrogant swagger of key Wallabies stars such as Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath – and the 30-year-old wants Alastair Cook’s men to get payback this summer.
“I remember watching Shane Warne, Matthew Hayden and Glenn McGrath, and the way they walked around and bullied England,” Prior told BBC Sport.
“Maybe it’s our time to do a bit of bullying ourselves.”
Cook’s men are set to face Australia in the summer before travelling Down Under at the end of 2013 for another Ashes series.
England are currently on a two-series winning streak following successes in 2009 and 2011 – and Prior feels his team-mates are well-placed to continue the run.
“If we prepare and perform as we want to, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t dominate Australia in these two Ashes series.
“You look at our dressing room and the skills we have in our team – batters, bowlers, the spin department, it’s all there.
“But Ashes series are strange – there is no such thing as a weak Australian Test side and we will have to be on our game to do it.”
With Australia seeing key men such as Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey depart in recent months, the tourists will bring a relatively inexperienced squad to England.
And the Sussex right-hander believes this strengthens England’s chances of putting down a real marker this summer.
“It’s going to be a different Australia side,” added Prior.
“Players like Ponting and Hussey can’t be replaced overnight and I know our guys will be relieved they don’t have to bowl at them again.
“But as one steps out, it leaves the door open for someone else. The game moves forward and we are going to have to prepare very well against whichever team plays, because they will all be wanting to do well and prove a point.”