Ashes 2013/14: Wicketkeeper Matt Prior backs Alastair Cook to lead England fightback
Matt Prior insists Alastair Cook is the right man to lead England, despite the skipper's slump in form.
Last Updated: 11/12/13 2:04pm
England have been hammered in the first two Tests and therefore, against general expectations after their 3-0 Ashes victory at home last summer, are in danger of losing the urn outright before Christmas.
Cook will win his 100th Test cap on Friday in a critical third Test at the WACA, but the tourists have a dismal record in Perth, where their only win in 12 attempts came in 1978.
They must find a way to halt the Australian juggernaut and Prior says he has seen enough of Cook - as batsman and captain - to know he and his team-mates could not have a better man to lead them out of this tightest of corners.
"I don't know the records he is about to break, but there are going to be a few of them," he said, of the 28-year-old opener who is already England's most prolific all-time centurion.
"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."
Prior does not under-estimate the challenge facing England, after their hapless false start to this high-profile series, but he is convinced they can fight back.
"For an England cricketer, it doesn't get any harder - two down in an Ashes series coming to Perth," he admitted.
"(But) if we do come out and force a result here, how exciting would that be ... in the England dressing room at the end of this game, getting a result in Perth to get back into this series?
"That's what we have to concentrate on and work towards, and that's exactly what we're focusing on."