Matt Prior wants England to 'bully' Australia

The Australia teams captained by Steve Waugh, of which McGrath and Warne were key members, used to revel in what their skipper called "mental disintegration" and the rest of the world knew as "sledging". England too have shown lately they can dish out verbal abuse in the field although, as Prior pointed out and traditionalists have long believed, the most effective way to worry an opponent is to simply play well.

updated: February 13, 2013 19:40 IST
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London: England wicketkeeper Matt Prior believes Alastair Cook's men are ready to "bully" old rivals Australia in this year's back-to-back Ashes series.

Cook's side are bidding to become the first England team in over a century to win four straight Ashes campaigns, a chance they have this year when a trip Down Under follows on from a home series in order to set up a new cycle that ensures England are not always in Australia immediately before a World Cup.

Prior, a key figure with both gloves and bat in England's 2009 and 2010/11 Ashes triumphs, grew up in an era when Australia dominated cricket's oldest Test rivalry, with the likes of Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath starring during a run of eight straight series wins for the men in Baggy Green caps.

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