A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: There is no better feeling than playing in front of the cricket-mad Indian fans, says Matt Prior


Prior will be hoping that England take a 2-1 lead by the end of the third Test in Kolkata

England wicketkeeper batsman Matt Prior has admitted that there is no better feeling than playing in front of the cricket-mad fans of India and added that they are a key reason as to why the Test series is currently as intense as it is.

Prior noted that this series was a perfect opportunity for England to start their road to recovery after losing the number one Test team ranking to South Africa over the summer and also to end the country’s 27-year losing streak in India.

The Daily Express quoted Prior as saying: “It will be tough but out of those tough challenges come your great rewards. Winning the Ashes in Australia was a tough challenge but it felt even better at the end of it because it was tough. If it was easy, it’s not as much fun if you come out on top, you only have to be out here to see what cricket means to the people of India – it’s a religion out here. To play in front of people who have that mentality is a fantastic opportunity for any cricketer, but to come out here and win would be even better. If we can pull this one off it would be a fantastic honour to be a part of it.”

England last beat India in a Test series back in 1985 and Prior knows that the hosts have a huge advantage over them since they know the conditions and pitches better than anyone else.

“This is a challenging place to play, undoubtedly, and India know their conditions fantastically well – like we do when we play in England,” Prior said. “We’re brought up playing the swinging ball and do it well; they are brought up playing a spinning ball and they do that well. We have done a lot of good work after the bad experience of last winter, though, learning a lot from that, we’ve had a very good and long preparation phase this time round so we go into this Test match feeling that we have got every base covered.”

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