England wicketkeeper Matt Prior says his team won’t be happy with anything less than a win in the third Ashes Test at the WACA Ground, starting on Friday.
The time for excuses and niceties are over for England.
Instead, brutal home truths have become the theme for the tourists as they attempt to turn their flailing Ashes campaign around.
England’s hopes of winning the Ashes for a fourth consecutive time hang in the balance following heavy losses in Brisbane and Adelaide.
With skipper Alastair Cook and spinner Graeme Swann horribly out of form, England face an uphill battle to turn around their 2-0 deficit heading into the third Test at the WACA Ground, starting on Friday.
But Prior said the team was up for the challenge.
“This isn’t the time for mincing words, positive this and positive that,” Prior said.
“Sometimes you have to look at yourself straight in the mirror and know where you’re at as an individual and from a team point of view.
“This is a time for brutal honesty and fronting up.
“We have to start this Test series again with a clean slate and come here firing on all cylinders and get a result.
“One thing I do know about this cricket team is that when we get to this place, we come out fighting.
“You can sit there and sulk, moan, whinge and make excuses, but you will just get beaten.
“You have to get rid of all that and fight.”
England haven’t won a Test in Perth since 1978.
But Prior scoffed at any talk his team would go out with the mindset of forcing a draw.
“I would hate to see this team, with the batting talent we have, just going out there trying to survive,” Prior said.
“That’s not the way we’re going to win in Australia, walking out all timid.
“We have to find ways of putting pressure back on the Aussie bowlers and that’s the way I hope we’ll play.
“People have written us off.
“We’re in Perth. We haven’t won here for however many years.
“But quite frankly that excites me. Records are there to be broken. There is a huge amount of hunger in this dressing room to turn this around.”
Meanwhile, Prior predicts Cook will end up becoming England’s greatest ever cricketer, despite his struggles during this year’s home and away Ashes series.
Cook has averaged just 25.64 in seven Tests against Australia this year, but will be looking for a big performance when he brings up his 100-Test milestone in Perth.
“He will be one of – probably the greatest England cricketer,” Prior said.
“In my mind there is no doubt about that.
“And from a leader point of view, there’s no other man that I’d want leading us out there, because one thing he does do is lead by the front and lead by example.”
By rare coincidence, Australian skipper Michael Clarke will also play his 100th Test in Perth this week.
Clarke has fared much better during the current series, plundering 284 runs at an average of 71.