Matt Prior admits England players let their standards slip during Ashes 2013-14
Matt Prior vowed to reclaim his spot for England © Getty Images
Matt Prior has admitted to England players showing a lack of respect for the Three Lions shirt and and let their standards dip considerably en route to their third Ashes whitewash in history.
The 31-year-old wicketkeeper was replaced by rookie Jonny Bairstow after a string of poor scores compounded with a shocking display behind the stumps in the third Test against Australia at Perth. Prior has urged England to put their dressing room squabbles behind them and find solutions to get back to winning ways.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Prior said: ‘It all goes back to the dressing room and making sure that environment is right and on this tour I think we let it slip.”
The South African-born Prior also revealed how English players had taken their places for granted and were lackadaisical about little things that make a difference. He said, “We talk about ‘one per-centers’, the little things that can make a big difference. It is always those that go first and we were not quick enough to realise that.
“We let a few things slide. They appear trivial issues to those on the outside but they are important when building a team environment. Little things like turning up to meetings on time, not five minutes late.”
Prior suggested his teammates to go back the drawing board and find their philosophy of team-building all over again. “It is about the respect. You have to have strong values and beliefs, and we need to start again and rediscover those before we can move forward,” he concluded.