Prior has been a permanent member of the England squad for more than two years and is at a stage in his career, aged 28, when long-term planning generally takes shape.
The average age of the England team in Adelaide was 28 and with only Paul Collingwood nearing the end of his career, this team has several years together during which it could become one of the best in recent memory.
As Australia mourns the passing of an era of dominance, England are hoping this could be their chance to create their own history.
England are third in the world Test rankings and could move up to second by winning the Ashes series. With the inaugural world Test championship due to be played in 2013, England may be set to peak at the right time.
“We speak a lot about individual things and records but every member of this team would love to be part of an England legacy,” Prior said.
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