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India is the ultimate frontier: Prior


Cricketnext Staff,Cricketnext.com
Oct 24, 2012 at 01:44pm IST

England wicketkeer Matt Prior believes beating India in India is their biggest challenge to date. In an interview to Cricinfo, the 30-year-old said trumping India will be bigger than their triumphs against Australia in the last few years.

The English team will touch down on Indian soil later this month for four Tests, five ODIs and two T20Is with the first Test starting November 15 in Ahmedabad.

Prior, who has piled up 3068 runs in 58 Tests at 42.61, also believes that the return of Kevin Pietersen into the English team after a brief reintegration period is good news for the team.

India is the ultimate frontier, says Matt Prior

The 30-year-old said beating India will be grander than their triumphs against Australia in the last few years.

"I've seen Kev, we had a good chat or meeting, whatever you want to call it," Prior said.

"Obviously I don't want to go into too much detail about what went on in the meeting but the important thing about it is KP playing for England will make England a better team. He is a phenomenal player, we all know that.

"The really important thing is that we are all pulling and moving in the same direction, and whether it be KP, or myself - if one person steps out of line in the other direction, it's tough. Our team ethic and team ethos has been the most important thing in our success over the last couple of years and we want to make sure we look after that and make sure we can get it back to where it was.

"I've seen Kev, we had a good chat or meeting, whatever you want to call it," Prior says. "Obviously I don't want to go into too much detail about what went on in the meeting but the important thing about it is KP playing for England will make England a better team. He is a phenomenal player, we all know that.

"The really important thing is that we are all pulling and moving in the same direction, and whether it be KP, or myself - if one person steps out of line in the other direction, it's tough. Our team ethic and team ethos has been the most important thing in our success over the last couple of years and we want to make sure we look after that and make sure we can get it back to where it was."

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