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Injured Wicket Keeper Matt Prior is still hopeful of playing in the First Ashes Test which begins on the 21st of this month at the Gabba in Brisbane. The 31-year-old wicket keeper batsman had suffered a calf tear in his left leg during the tourists’ warm-up match against Australia A at Hobart. Prior was replaced by Joe Root behind the stumps for that warm-up game. News is that Yorkshireman Jonny Bairstow will be England’s Wicket Keeper for the visitors’ final warm-up match ahead of the opening Ashes Test at Sydney. Bairstow is likely to be the Wicket Keeper for the First Test as well if Prior doesn’t recover from his calf injury on time.
Matt Prior sounds optimistic though of getting himself ready for the First Ashes Test. On his twitter account, Prior stated “Obviously very disappointed to be missing the game at SCG but doing everything possible to be ready for the 1st Test at the Gabba!” England would love to have Prior ready for the First Ashes Test as his experience at this level is quite precious. Apart from his safe wicket keeping, Matt Prior has been a saviour with the bat for England on many occasions with the bat. The Wicket Keeper has a superb average of 40 plus with 7 centuries and 26 fifties in the 72 Tests he has played till date.