Monday, December 7, 2009


MATT PRIOR believes England’s fresh approach under new leadership in the one-dayers can put them on top of the world.

England have surprised even themselves by thumping South Africa seven times out of eight dating back to August of last year.

They are still way off the pace set by table-toppers Australia but are looking to wrap up the latest one-day series against South Africa as they take a 2-1 series lead into tomorrow’s final match at Kingsmead.

For Prior, though, it is much more than this series which has convinced him England are going places.

Prior, who has 52 caps, is certain new coach Andy Flower and skipper Andrew Strauss are the key to England becoming the best one-day side in the world.

He said: “Andy’s done a fantastic job since the day he came in.

“I’ve been on tours before where it’s been hard work.

“You’ve really missed home and each day’s dragged.

“That is really not the case here.

“You’ve got a squad of guys all pulling together in the same direction, wanting to win this series and they are passionate about that.

“What has happened is there has been a huge amount of honesty in this team, individuals, senior players and the coach and captain themselves.

“That was such a great starting point to actually say, ‘Crikey, we’re not actually as good as we think we are. We have to improve’.

“When you get that stark realisation it makes everyone very, very hungry and determined we do improve because we want to be part of the best team in the world.”

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