The Ashes: Matt Prior urges England to take on Australia's attack

Matt Prior, who ended a scoring drought with a defiant half century in Adelaide, said he was "absolutely, 100 percent" confident England would fight their way out of a losing situation ahead of the fourth and fifth Tests in Melbourne and Sydney.

updated: December 11, 2013 15:41 IST
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Perth: Matt PriorMatt Prior is urging his England teammates to dispense with the survival instinct and take the fight up to Mitchell Johnson, or forget about retaining the Ashes. (Also read: Cooks brain is scrambled, says Boycott)

Johnson has taken 17 wickets already in Australia's first two victories, peppering the English batsmen with short-pitch bowling at express pace. Making matters worse for England, Johnson wants to secure the Ashes for Australia on his adopted home ground at the WACA in the third Test starting Friday, and he's tipped to be bowling even faster on the nation's quickest Test pitch.

"I would hate to see this team, with the batting talent we have, to go out there and just try and survive" Prior said. "That's not the way we're going to win in Australia. We have to find ways of putting pressure back on the Aussie bowlers," he said.

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