Prior injury scare for Ashes

2013-11-09 12:02
Matt Prior (Getty)

Hobart - Wicketkeeper Matt Prior sent an injury scare through the England camp as the tourists drew their rain-marred match against Australia A in Hobart on Saturday.

Prior felt tightness in his calf when attempting a quick single while batting on the final day of the Bellerive match, and may require a scan.

Joe Root kept wicket for England as Prior stayed off the field during Australia A's first innings, and his fitness will be a concern for the tourists heading into their final pre-Ashes tour match against an Invitational XI starting on Wednesday in Sydney.

The opening Ashes Test takes place at Brisbane's Gabba ground on November 21.

The Hobart weather finally made play possible on Saturday with all the leading batsmen getting some action and the England's bowlers sending down a combined 31 overs in Australia A's innings.

At the close, Australia A were 119 for three with Shaun Marsh 27 not out and Callum Ferguson on 15 in reply to England's 430 for seven declared off 128 overs.

England lost two playing days in the match when rain washed out play on days two and three of the four-day game.

Australian Test candidate Alex Doolan made a fluent start to his final bid for a debut in Brisbane, but he failed to put forward an overwhelming case after he was bowled by James Anderson for 31.

Another batsman in contention, Marsh, also did nothing wrong with his limited opportunity.

Anderson (2-20) looked sharp with the new ball and Root (58 not out) made a good fist of his return to the middle-order, but many of England's batsmen were dismissed cheaply.

Star batsman Kevin Pietersen (8) was one of several England stars who failed to find form at Bellerive, with Jonathan Trott (4), Gary Ballance (4) and Prior (26) also struggling.

Pietersen was trapped lbw by Trent Copeland with one that stayed low, and lost an opportunity for a long batting stint after missing the opening tour game in Perth.

Trott and Ballance were claimed by paceman Ben Cutting (2-75).

Trott was caught behind for four. Ballance did not help his Test hopes with another cheap score following up his first-ball duck in Perth, with four before he was lbw to Cutting. Prior made 26 before he fell lbw to spinner Jon Holland, who also got the wicket of Stuart Broad for eight.

Root enhanced his claims of batting lower down the order in the Ashes series opener, after opener Michael Carberry's century in this match with a handy half-century which included six fours.

England captain Alastair Cook (154) and his new opening partner Carberry (153) retired out when play resumed to give others a bat.

Read more on:    england  |  matt prior  |  cricket

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Under fire Proteas coach Russell Domingo has blamed player workloads and fatigue as the reason for the national team's woeful showing in the Tri Series in the Caribbean. Your thoughts?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.