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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 September 2007, 14:47 GMT 15:47 UK
Matt Prior column
Matt Prior
By Matt Prior
England wicket-keeper

I've had to field a few questions since Monday about missing out on a central contract, but all I want to say is that it really doesn't change my approach for England.

My aim is always just to work hard, and to go out and give 100% for my country - there is no greater honour than that and I won't be changing my approach one bit.

Matt Prior
The one-day side has made really big strides and that's fantastic, but there is still a long way to go

Matt Prior

It certainly hasn't tempered my confidence or enthusiasm after what was an unbelievable series against India.

The seven matches had everything - big runs, great bowling and we did brilliantly in the field - and I think it must have been an excellent spectacle for the supporters.

To top it all off, it all came down to what was effectively a winner-takes-all final and to win it was a truly great feeling - and in no small part deserved either.

Obviously the one-day side has made really big strides and that's fantastic, but there is still a long way to go and this is only the beginning.

Consistency is what everyone talks about in professional sport and that is exactly what we're aiming for - there's no good doing it in one or two matches, we want to play well in and win every game we play.

One thing that will help us towards that goal is what is fast becoming a brilliant team ethic.

We are no longer relying on one or two blokes to win us games of cricket, it's a complete team effort and on different days, different people have put their hands up and done the job for us.

That's exactly what every team needs and it's great that all the hard work we've put in over the last couple is starting to be rewarded - and it was nice to sit down and share a couple of beers with the lads after the match at Lord's and reflect on what was a good victory.

Torres' right peg

With the schedule as it is, though, there's hardly an opportunity to let your hair down after games; they say you have 24 hours to mourn a loss and 24 hours to celebrate a win and that's what we've done.

We've moved on now and are utterly focused on the next thing which is the World Twenty20.

That said, make no mistake, this is a side that is now full of confidence and full of momentum.

From a personal point of view, I see this competition as a really big opportunity to put in some good performances and kick-start my winter.

I've said all along you can't worry about other people or whether your place is under pressure - the minute you start trying to survive is the minute the errors creep in.

Matt Prior and Luke Wright
Wright (right) and Prior could be asked to open in South Africa

I just want to go out there and help England win cricket matches, and I have full belief in my ability to do so.

From a team point of view, we've been joined by a few fresh faces for this tournament and there is a real energy and buzz about the squad.

The first task in hand is Zimbabwe on Thursday, before we face off against Australia on Friday.

And for me, what makes this competition so interesting, is that no-one really knows what's going to happen - who's going to be good and who's going to be bad.

Given the short format of the match, anyone can have their day and be a match winner, so you underestimate teams and players at your peril.

Therefore we just have to focus on what we want to do, and to go out there and execute it.

And while we certainly won't be taking anyone lightly, nor is there any reason for us to fear anyone. We've got a great squad here and there is no point going into a competition unless you believe you can win it.

You go into any competition aiming to win - simple as that - and that's what we're here to do

Matt Prior

Obviously there are some fantastic sides around the world but we're also a great side - and the fact that we have players with massive experience in this form of the game is definitely an advantage.

There's a lot more to Twenty20 cricket than just going out there and trying to slog, there is a technique and a way to play in this form of the game that works.

That's why having the likes of Darren Maddy, Chris Schofield, James Kirtley and, of course, Luke Wright in our squad is such a massive asset.

My Sussex team-mate Wright, in particular, has shown what can be done if you come into the England squad in form and prepared to play your own game.

His debut 50 against India was fantastic and his display was a testament to the environment in the camp at the moment - it is built around making it as easy a transition as possible for the new players to come in and give their best for the country, and that can only bode well for the fresh faces coming in.

You go into any competition aiming to win - simple as that - and that's what we're here to do.

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