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Ashes injury cloud hangs over Prior

Daniel Brettig
November 9, 2013
With 12 days to go for the Ashes, there's an injury cloud over Matt Prior © Getty Images

England's wicketkeeper Matt Prior is under a fitness cloud 12 days before the first Ashes Test in Brisbane; he was unable to take the field with the tourists against Australia A in Hobart due to a calf problem.

Prior batted when the match resumed after two days of rain, falling lbw when trying to sweep the left-arm spinner Jon Holland after making 26.

However he did not join his team-mates in the middle when the captain Alastair Cook declared, undergoing treatment for what the ECB described as a "tight left calf".

Joe Root kept wicket in Prior's place, with the reserve gloveman Jonny Bairstow not in the playing eleven. Root kept despite Australia A raising no objections when England requested whether or not Bairstow could substitute for Prior.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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