Prior suffers ‘tight left calf’

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There is still no word on how serious Prior’s injury is

England vice-captain and wicketkeeper Matt Prior is in a race against time to be fully fit for the first Ashes Test, which gets underway on November 21 in Brisbane, after suffering a “tight left calf”.

Prior made 26 against Australia A today, but did not emerge when England declared and took to the field.

It is understood that Prior pulled up short when taking a quick single while batting.

Joe Root donned the keeping gloves instead of Prior, while Jonny Bairstow failed to get any playing time at all, despite Australia A raising no objections about him coming on as a substitute.

England team director Andy Flower confirmed that Prior will undergo scans on his calf.

“He’s tweaked something in his calf but we are not sure of the extent of it,” Flower said at the post-match press conference. “We need to let it settle a little before we scan it but he didn’t make it much worse and he was off pretty much soon after he tweaked it so as soon as we know more about it we’ll tell you.

“He’ll go for a scan as soon as possible. We travel to Sydney on Sunday but I don’t think it is anything too serious and it shouldn’t keep him out of the first Test but let’s just scan it and we’ll give you more information.

“Our reserve keeper is Jonny Bairstow but the Rules of Cricket don’t allow a substitute field to take over as wicket-keeper so Root took over and I thought he did a really good job – he looked a natural.

“He takes on any challenge with a smile on his face and also no mean skill. It’s not an easy thing to do but he handled himself really well out there. I was surprised but he’s a natural ball player and I think he had a bit of fun as well.”

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