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Prior keen to ´bully´ Aussies

England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has urged his side to create Ashes history by 'bullying' Australia.
England have won three of the past four Ashes series after Australia won eight in a row between 1989 and 2003.

"I remember watching Shane Warne, Matthew Hayden and Glenn McGrath, and the way they walked around and bullied England," Prior told BBC Sport.

"Maybe it's our time to do a bit of bullying ourselves."

England will aim to defend the Ashes over five Tests on home soil from July before heading to Australia for another five Tests from November.

They will become the first England team since 1890 to win the Ashes four consecutive times if they prevail in both series.

"If we prepare and perform as we want to, there's no reason why we shouldn't dominate Australia in these two Ashes series," Prior said.

"You look at our dressing room and the skills we have in our team - batters, bowlers, the spin department, it's all there.

"But Ashes series are strange - there is no such thing as a weak Australian Test side and we will have to be on our game to do it."

Prior said Australia should not be underestimated, despite the retirements of veteran batsmen Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey.

"It's going to be a different Australia side," he said. 

"Players like Ponting and Hussey can't be replaced overnight and I know our guys will be relieved they don't have to bowl at them again.

"But as one steps out, it leaves the door open for someone else. 

"The game moves forward and we are going to have to prepare very well against whichever team plays, because they will all be wanting to do well and prove a point."
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