Matt Prior: 'Everyone is pushing hard for Ashes spot'

Matt Prior says that there is a "huge amount of competition" for places in England's lineup against Australia for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane on November 24.

England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has said that there is fierce competition for a place in the team for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

Andy Flower's men have arrived in Australia and are currently being put through their paces by Western Australia in Perth.

"Nets have been good fun at the moment with the big guys steaming in, all playing for their place," the 31-year-old told Sky Sports News. "The batters have been hopping around a little bit.

"It's great to have competition in a team and in a squad, I think that's very healthy. It's not just in the bowlers - it's batters, all-rounders, throughout the team. There's a huge amount of competition.

"Everybody's pushing each other very hard, and that gets the best out of the final XI chosen."

The first Test gets underway on November 21.

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