Prior: Time for brutal honesty

Matt Prior is determined to do his talking on the pitch as England attempt to put right the wrongs of the first two Ashes Tests.

England have endured a torrid series so far, losing in emphatic fashion to Australia in Brisbane and Adelaide.

England have registered scores of just 136, 179, 172 and 312 - with Mitchell Johnson's aggressive pace bowling leaving them well and truly on the back foot.

Now staring down the barrel of a series defeat, England have been called on to show more fight in Perth.

And Prior, who showed signs he is back to his gutsy best with 69 during the second innings at the Adelaide Oval, is ready to front up at the WACA.

"Quite frankly we have to start again," he said. "It's a clean slate and we have to come here firing on all cylinders and get a result.

Fronting up

"This isn't a time for mincing words... positive this, positive that. Sometimes you have got to look yourself straight in the mirror and know where you are at.

"It is all well and good me sitting here talking about fight and hunger and everything, but the only way we are going to show how much fight and hunger we have got is out on that cricket pitch.

"This is the time for brutal honesty and fronting up."

To make matters worse for England, their record in Perth has been far from impressive - with just the one Test victory there in the past.

However Prior insists England are relishing the challenge of upsetting the odds.

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

Prior's own form over the past 12 months has also been a major concern - and England's vice-captain admits he has been hurting over his troubles with the bat.

"All I've been worried about doing is working hard and marking sure that I am performing to the levels that I expect from myself," he added.

"Not for myself but for those other guys in the dressing room. To make sure that the bowlers are not having to fend off new balls, that is my job.

"People write things and say things and have opinions but ultimately no one hurts more than myself."