Matt Prior has expressed surprise at the criticism that has come England’s way despite sealing the Ashes series 3-0 against Australia in four matches.
”The only way you can look at this series is to admit that we have not played at our best but we have still won three Test matches and won them well,” he wrote in his column for the Daily Telegraph.
“It is fantastic that we have shown we are never out of a game and have guys who can win matches.”
“To have not played our best cricket and still be 3-0 up shows we have become a very hard side to beat. Everyone can have their opinion but in black and white it says we have won the Ashes and that is all we are interested in,” he added.
He also wrote, “It is disappointing at times when you see the criticism but from our point of view I think we have handled it impeccably. All the rubbish spoken before the Durham Test galvanised the team. We spoke about it in the dressing room, flushed it out and then moved on. We simply said OK it is absolute rubbish but it is there, so use it and show people what we can do.”
The Alastair Cook-led side is on the verge of creating history. A win in the final Test will make the current side the first to have won four Tests in a single Ashes series.
Several pundits have suggested they have not been fully worthy of such a lead, though, pointing to a tight finish in the first Test at Trent Bridge and the rain saving England in the third at Old Trafford.
There have also been suggestions that their conduct has not been as good as it should have been, but according to Prior, England’s only crime is not playing as well as they can do.
“We are in a great position going into this final Investec Ashes Test but I have found it quite amazing that we are 3-0 up in the series and have been.”