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Ex-England wicketkeeper questions desire of pros in the domestic game

Ashes winner Matt Prior has called on county cricket to do more to help the future of the English national side by instilling ambition in its players.

Prior, who was part of the squad which won in Australia in 2010-11, questioned the motivations of county pros, suggesting there is not the desire to push on and move up into international cricket.

And he has urged the 18 clubs to push their talent with the aim of improving England's options.

"I think there are too many players at the moment earning their salaries, whatever they may be, floating around in county cricket having a nice life with actually very little ambition to push on," Prior told BBC Five Live.

"There is a huge responsibility on the counties to create that level of ambition from English cricketers."

England's recent 4-0 defeat Down Under has sparked fans and pundits to look at the strength in depth available in the county game, with particular emphasis on fast bowlers.

Prior, who also took to social media recently to criticise the state of affairs at his former club Sussex, suggested that English players should be looking beyond winning domestic trophies.

"The worry for me is there's a lot of cricketers I think at the moment playing county cricket who are not looking or ambitious enough to think, 'Right, hang on a minute, I want to play cricket for England. I want to play and win a series in Australia'" he said.

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"This isn't about winning a county championship or a domestic competition. This is about being the best you can be and going and winning a trophy for England or winning the Ashes or the World Cup."

Responding to the comments on Twitter, Somerset's Peter Trego spoke up for the county game.

"Domestic cricket is, in its own right a great product and form of entertainment for the cricket watching public, offen (sic) more entertaining than watching England," Trego wrote.

"Simple equation, how many Aussies have played county cricket in the last 40 yrs compared to English players playing Shield cricket?"

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