Ashes 2013/14: Wicketkeeper Matt Prior backs Alastair Cook to lead England fightback

Last Updated: 11/12/13 2:04pm

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Wicketkeeper Matt Prior insists Alastair Cook is the right man to lead England, despite the skipper scoring just four runs in the second Ashes Test.

England have been hammered in the first two Tests and therefore, against general expectations after their 3-0 Ashes victory at home last summer, are in danger of losing the urn outright before Christmas.

Cook will win his 100th Test cap on Friday in a critical third Test at the WACA, but the tourists have a dismal record in Perth, where their only win in 12 attempts came in 1978.

They must find a way to halt the Australian juggernaut and Prior says he has seen enough of Cook - as batsman and captain - to know he and his team-mates could not have a better man to lead them out of this tightest of corners.

Perfect leader

"I don't know the records he is about to break, but there are going to be a few of them," he said, of the 28-year-old opener who is already England's most prolific all-time centurion.

"Playing his 100th Test, he's only just turned 20 or something! He will be probably the greatest England cricketer.

"In my mind, there is no doubt about that - and from a leader point of view, there is no other man I'd want taking us on to the field."

Prior does not under-estimate the challenge facing England, after their hapless false start to this high-profile series, but he is convinced they can fight back.

"For an England cricketer, it doesn't get any harder - two down in an Ashes series coming to Perth," he admitted.

"(But) if we do come out and force a result here, how exciting would that be ... in the England dressing room at the end of this game, getting a result in Perth to get back into this series?

"That's what we have to concentrate on and work towards, and that's exactly what we're focusing on."

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