Cricket: Time for England to stand up and fight to save the Ashes, says Prior
SYDNEY (REUTERS) - The time for mincing words and looking for positives in defeat are over and England have no choice but to stand up and fight to save the Ashes, wicket-keeper Matt Prior said on Wednesday.
Humbled by 381 and 218 runs respectively in the first two Tests of the five-match series, England will be forced to hand over the Ashes to the Australians if they capitulate in the third Test in Perth this week.
That would mark quite a comedown for a squad which arrived in Australia on the back of a 3-0 win in the first series of the year back home and looking for a fourth successive Ashes triumph for the first time in more than a century.
Now written off by the media - former Test opener Geoffrey Boycott said they faced "annihilation" - England must try to revive their fortunes at a Waca ground where they have won just one match in 43 years of Test cricket.