Prior says England focused on Wellington Test, not Oz cricket turmoil
Sydney, Mar 12 : England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has made it clear they are not bothered by the current turmoil spinning around Australian cricket in a crucial Ashes year, adding the team is just focused on their second Test match against New Zealand in Wellington, starting on Thursday.
Prior batted away several questions about the dramatic axing of four prominent Australian players, including vice-captain Shane Watson, ahead of their third Test against India in Mohali, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
On Tuesday, Prior offered little comment on the opponents who they'll face 10 times from July to January in successive five-Test Ashes series.
When pressed, Prior said the first Ashes series was a long, long way away so little could be read into the drama in Mohali, which has resulted in Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja being cut from the Mohali Test starting on Thursday, the paper said.
The quartet failed to provide required feedback to coach Mickey Arthur on where they and the team could improve following an embarrassing loss in the second Test at Hyderabad, the paper added.
However, an unbothered Prior said they have focused completely on what they need to do here in Wellington, adding it is one of those things that will make them start a Test match badly, focusing on something that isn't relevant to what they want to concentrate on.
Prior was asked to compare the Australian off-field approach to internal communication compared to England's when preparing for a Test, and he said that coaching and management of every team will have their own ways of doing stuff.
Prior added England has their own, and he is not prepared to go into too much detail about what that is, adding that works for them, so they would continue doing that.