Matt Prior defends Alastair Cook

England captain Alastair Cook during a nets session at the WACA on October 27, 2013
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Matt Prior believes that Alastair Cook is the perfect man to lead England following the criticism aimed at the captain in recent days.

Matt Prior has claimed that there is no other person he would want to be England captain ahead of Alastair Cook.

Cook has received criticism since England went 2-0 down in the Ashes series following another heavy defeat to Australia in Adelaide.

However, Prior believes that the opening batsman's ability means that he is the right man to lead the Test side.

"I don't know the records he is about to break, but there are going to be a few of them," Prior told reporters.

"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."

England meet Australia in the third Test at Perth on Friday at 2.30am (UK time).

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