Matt Prior: 'England taking Australia seriously'

Prior: 'England taking Australia seriously'
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Matt Prior says that England were always expecting a tough Ashes series against Australia this summer.

England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has insisted that his side are not underestimating Australia after their recent back-and-forth Ashes encounter.

The Three Lions earned a dramatic 14-run victory over the Aussies at Trent Bridge on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Many pundits before the opening Test had predicted a clean sweep for England, but Prior is adamant that the players were never expecting an easy clash.

"It was always going to be [a tight series] and that's what we have prepared ourselves for," Prior told a press conference.

"I think that's one of the reasons we dealt with the situation so well and dealt with the game so well. We stayed calm and that was a lot to do with our preparation and what we expected."

Prior has also confirmed that he will be fit for the second Test on Thursday.

England's Matt Prior celebrates a century against New Zealand on March 26, 2013
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