Matt Prior says England's players are not worrying about Australia's crisis

Last Updated: 15/03/13 7:24am

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England batsman Matt Prior insists Andy Flower's men are fully focused on the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington and not the crisis involving rivals Australia.

Australia are currently in India although Shane Watson has flown home after he along with three others were dropped by coach Micky Arthur for the third Test for failing to complete homework assignments.

England have home and away series again their old foes later this year, however, Prior and co are not being sidetracked by the events in India after a slow start against New Zealand.

Prior believes that if England allow themselves to be distracted by the goings on in Arthur's squad then they will make another slow start when the second Test match gets under way on Wednesday night.

Focus

"It's one of those things that will make us start the Test match badly, focusing on something else that isn't relevant to what we want to do or want to concentrate on," he told Sky Sports.

"So we're just focused on what we're doing and prepare as well as the England team can prepare and leave the rest to worry about their own stuff.

"Each team will have their own ways and means. Coaching, management teams will have their own ways of doing stuff. We have ours. I'm not prepared to go into too much detail into what that is. It works for us. We'll continue doing that."

"It's one of those things that will make us start the Test match badly, focusing on something else that isn't relevant to what we want to do or want to concentrate on."
Matt Prior

Preparation

England mustered just 167 runs in the first innings of the first Test and Prior believes the team will come out fighting in Wellington.

"We pride ourselves on our preparation," he continued. "I think it's very important to get it right between when you are relaxing and when you having down time and when you're working.

"When you're at the training ground I think you'd agree you've seen us train enough to know we work harder than most.

"We always come back pretty well and when we're up against it we fight hard and that's what we'll continue doing. We'll target this Test match and from the first day we'll play far better than we did in the last Test."

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