Prior – We’ve learnt from our mistakes

May 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm Leave a comment

England’s Matt Prior says his team’s tough winter of cricket has shown them that they cannot take anything for granted if they are to maintain their position as the world’s number one test side.

Andy Flower’s men were whitewashed 3-0 by Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates before also going on to lose the first test against Sri Lanka in Galle, meaning the only five-day game they won over the winter months was their second match against the Sri Lankans, which enabled them to draw the series.

After an imperious few years, England have risen to the top of the world rankings, beating all of the world’s top nations in the process, including winning the Ashes in both 2009 and 2011 at relatively narrow cricket odds.

However, the defeats over the winter led to suggestions of complacency within the camp – especially as the majority of the players have been working together for the best part of five years.

Prior and his team-mates have a chance to confirm their place in the side in the upcoming series against the West Indies and the wicketkeeper-batsman says that despite the Windies’ recent struggles, England will not be taking anything for granted after their torrid winter, and cricket bets ahead of the Summer are likely to reflect their recent dip in form

“I think we were all quite shocked with how it went, obviously very disappointed,” Prior told Sky Sports. “We’d had that break which we all needed, but we were a little bit ring-rusty.

“So whether it be South Africa, West Indies, Australia or Sri Lanka, playing Test cricket is tough and it’s going to be a tough series. We need to play well and execute our skills well to win the Test match firstly and then hopefully win the series,” he added.


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