Matt Prior slams "embarrassing" England display

Steve Smith of Australia dives to take the catch to remove Matt Prior of England during day two of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 22, 2013
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Matt Prior says that England's display with the bat in the second Test of The Ashes was "embarrassing".

England wicket-keeper Matt Prior has blasted his side's first innings collapse at the start of the second Test of The Ashes.

The tourists trail the current series 2-0 Down Under following a 218-run defeat to Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Monday, as England fell for 172 runs during their first stint at the crease.

"The first innings collapse in Adelaide was as embarrassing a performance as I have been involved in with England," Prior, who was out for a duck in that first innings," he told The Telegraph.

"The disappointing thing was how people got out. You are representing your country and that is not a performance anybody expects from this team."

Australia can reclaim The Ashes and end a run of three straight series losses to England with another win in the third Test, which gets underway at The WACA in Perth on December 13.

England's Joe Root plays a shot for a boundary as Australia's wicketkeeper Brad Haddin look on during the day four of the second Ashes cricket Test match against Australia in Adelaide on December 8, 2013
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