Prior: We can't sulk, moan, whinge

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Vice-captain has issued a slew of "brutal honesty", as England chase a prompt turnaround during the third Ashes Test which will start at the Western Australian Cricket Association Ground on Friday.

Vice-captain has issued a slew of "brutal honesty", as England chase a prompt turnaround during the third Ashes Test which will start at the Western Australian Cricket Association Ground on Friday.

Dominant against the Australians in the United Kingdom earlier this year, romping to a three-nil series triumph, the English have since slipped to a two-nil deficit after heavy defeats in Brisbane and Adelaide.

History doesn't suggest a change to the trend either. England last won a Test match in Perth in December 1978, when batsman David Gower's steely century and fast bowler Bob Willis' first-innings five-for ensured a 166-run success.

"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. You can sit there and sulk, moan, whinge and make excuses – but you will just get beaten," said Prior.

"You have to get rid of all that, and fight. 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. 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 in-form Mitchell Johnson sports a formidable record in Perth, having romped through 36 wickets in five Tests at an average of under 20. Curator Matt Page, meanwhile, is expecting conditions to play right into the hands of the pace ace.

"That's fast bowling, isn't it? Throughout history, it's all about intimidating. If you can bowl a ball at someone's grille, I don't care who you are you're going to feel intimidated – and especially on a wicket like Perth. I like the idea that being a fast bowler – you can be aggressive and intimidate," added Johnson.

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