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Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:00:00 GMT | By Star Sports

We must remain ruthless in the next match: Prior

Matt Prior has seconded teammate James Anderson that England will continue to apply the pressure on Australia and will look to better their 347-run win in the second Test at Lord's.

We must remain ruthless in the next match: Prior

Earlier this week, Anderson had said that England would be looking at a 5-0 whitewash of Australia.

"Despite Australia's sixth successive defeat in Test cricket, fans and former cricketers are wary of their reputation of bouncing back from a corner. For me the minute we let up and ease off, we will be bitten hard," Prior wrote in The UK Telegraph.

"Australia are going to fight to come back and if we let them in, they will kick the door down. We have to make sure we remain ruthless and grab the next match from ball one.

"Secondly, this is the Ashes. When has a team ever taken a step back? Australia never let up when they played against us in the 1990s."

The wicketkeeper insisted that his side was confident of his side's abilities in the rest of the series.

"They never took a backward step so why should we now? It is not the way we want to play our cricket," he added.

"We know our strengths. We know we have a good side and confident England team but it can turn very quickly. The important thing is to continue to perform well and look to improve."

Prior was all praise for Joe Root, who scored 180 runs in the second Test.

"Obviously Joe Root put in a massive performance. He is just like a little kid in the dressing room. He is a bit of a prankster and has been brilliant for the team, fitting in well off the field. On the field you could not find a more serious bloke committed to his game. Away from it, he is very relaxed and chilled out. One of the reasons he has done so well at a young age is that he can laugh at himself," Prior wrote.

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