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England will ignore Australia's meltdown in India and make sure they are not distracted in preparation for the second Test against New Zealand.
Alastair Cook's tourists are inevitably well aware of events on the subcontinent where four players - opener Shane Watson, batsman Usman Khawaja and pace bowlers James Pattinson and Mitchell Johnson - have been disciplined for ignoring team orders.
The four failed to come up with three reasons for Australia's poor showing in India to date - they trail the four-match Test series 2-0 - a request from coach Mickey Arthur.
England's players can hardly avoid taking a keen interest in Australia's troubles at the start of their year of back-to-back Ashes series.
Matt Prior, however, insisted today that he and his team-mates will give the subject minimal thought as they concentrate instead on their own second match of three - beginning in Wellington on Thursday, with the series score 0-0 after a draw in Dunedin.
Asked what he personally thinks of events in Mohali, he said: "Not a great deal.
"We focus completely on what we've got to do here.
"We've got a big game coming up, and it is one of those things that'll make us start the Test match badly - focusing on something else that isn't relevant to what we want to do or want to concentrate on."
England are wary of another sticky start after being bowled out for just 167 in their first innings at the University Oval.
"We'll just prepare as well as the England team can prepare, and leave the rest to worry about their own stuff," Prior added.
Watson is already on his way home, with his Test future in doubt but also the birth of his first child imminent in Australia.
His misdemeanour, along with Australia's three other outcasts, is said by captain Michael Clarke to be no isolated incident but a final straw which required a strong response from management.
Coaching techniques with international teams, and others, often involve demands for feedback about technique and tactics.
Prior refused to divulge whether England coach Andy Flower uses similar methods, but is happy with the exchanges of information which are often the staple of team meetings.
"It's easier now, because Swanny's [the injured Graeme Swann] not here - so everyone else can get a word in, which is great," he said.
"Each team will have their own ways and means. The coaching and management staff will have their own ways of doing stuff.
"We have ours. I'm not prepared to go into too much detail about what that is.
"But it works for us, so we'll continue doing that."
England had their share of disruption, of course, last summer during Kevin Pietersen's ugly stand-off with his employers - a saga which Prior himself helped to resolve with a reassuring phone call to the mercurial batsman.
The wicketkeeper was at pains today, though, to emphasise that vexed saga is very much in the past.
"The Kevin Pietersen perspective is long gone," he said.
"We have moved forward from that. We're in a very good place, and looking forward to this Test match."
England's principal concern in Wellington will be to ensure they do not collapse again, as they did in their first innings last week.
"Bowled out for 167 certainly wasn't a par score by a long way," said Prior.
"We had to turn that around. But no matter how flat the wicket is, it was a huge effort to get something out of that game.
"You always want to start a series well...and we didn't do that.
"But we finished well, and we've got to take that into this second Test match and start far better here."
Second-innings centuries from Nick Compton and Alastair Cook gave England a foothold in this three-match series, as did Steven Finn's nightwatchman heroics.
"You can't ignore that first innings," added Prior.
"But then you have to look at the way we kept fighting hard with the ball, and the way we finished with the bat was sensational.
"We batted for 170 overs to save the game, under huge pressure, and the guys who went in up top will take a huge amount from that.
"We're becoming a very hard team to beat, but we want to go that one step further and start winning [again].
"We've got that [blip] out of the way.
"We always come back pretty well. When we're up against it, we fight hard - so that's what we'll continue doing.
"You learn from your mistakes, and move forward."
:: Pietersen was able to take a full part in practice at the Basin Reserve on Tuesday, and England are confident he will be fit for the second Test despite having to wear strapping on his painful right knee.
Teams for the second Test between England and New Zealand at the Basin Reserve, Wellington, starting on Wednesday at 2130 GMT:
England (from): AN Cook (Captain), NRD Compton, IJL Trott, KP Pietersen, IR Bell, JE Root, MJ Prior (wkt), SCJ Broad, ST Finn, JM Anderson, MS Panesar, CR Woakes.
New Zealand (from): B McCullum (Captain), P Fulton, H Rutherford, K Williamson, R Taylor, D Brownlie, BJ Watling (wkt), N Wagner, I Butler, T Southee, T Boult, B Martin, T Latham.