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PERTH, Australia (AP) Matt Prior is urging his England teammates to dispense with the survival instinct and take the fight up to Mitchell Johnson, or forget about retaining the Ashes.
Johnson has taken 17 wickets already in Australia's first two victories, peppering the English batsmen with short-pitch bowling at express pace. Making matters worse for England, Johnson wants to secure the Ashes for Australia on his adopted home ground at the WACA in the third test starting Friday, and he's tipped to be bowling even faster on the nation's quickest test pitch.
"I would hate to see this team, with the batting talent we have, to go out there and just try and survive" Prior said. "That's not the way we're going to win in Australia. We have to find ways of putting pressure back on the Aussie bowlers."