Series against Proteas will be better than Ashes: Prior

London, July 15 (ANI): England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has predicted that he expects every minute of the series against South Africa to be better than the traditional Ashes series against Australia.

"It's going to be a huge series, a tough series, because playing South Africa is always a great challenge. The Ashes gets a huge amount of hype because of its history, but this series will be just as intense if not more so because of the quality," The Mirror quoted Prior, as saying.

e added: "Anyone who knows this England team will recognise that we thrive on challenges and facing opponents that play tough cricket. At the end of the three Tests there are going to be some pretty tired blokes - both physically and mentally."

Prior said: "In any big series you have critical moments, those short periods of time that determine how things end up. We have to make sure we are on the right side of those. Things like making sure - if you take early wickets - that you follow that up and remain as ruthless as you possibly can be.

He added: "There will be times when we will be up, and we will have to make sure we stay up. But there will be times when we are down and we will have to fight hard." (ANI)

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