Embarrassment and disappointment for Prior

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Wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior has expressed embarrassment at the nature of England's dismal capitulation in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide, which resulted in a hefty 218-run defeat – and two-nil series lead for Australia.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior has expressed embarrassment at the nature of England's dismal capitulation in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide, which resulted in a hefty 218-run defeat – and two-nil series lead for Australia.

The tourists' first innings amounted to a mere 172 all out, as questionable shot selection and shoddy strokeplay lined an entirely poor approach. Prior endured a duck and captain Alastair Cook endured plenty of criticism for an inability to lead by example.

"The first innings collapse in Adelaide was as embarrassing a performance as I have been involved in with England. The disappointing thing was how people got out. You are representing your country and that is not a performance anybody expects from this team," Prior wrote in a column for the <i>Daily Telegraph</i>.

"There are people questioning our desire and hunger and that really hurts because it means we have been giving the wrong impression, but nobody wants to win the Ashes more than us.

"We have taken flak for it and rightly so. There are times as a sportsman you have to be honest. You cannot turn away from it and make excuses or look for positives. We were horrendous and there have been honest chats and words spoken."

The third Test will get underway at the Western Australia Cricket Association Ground on Friday. The Melbourne Cricket Ground and Sydney Cricket Ground will host fixtures four and five respectively. Five ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals will follow.

"We know we are up against it. We like doing it the hard way and it does not come any harder for an English cricketer than having to go to Perth and win. But if we manage to come back it will be one of the best fightbacks ever and we have to look at it that way," concluded Prior.

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