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England captain Alastair Cook has announced that he is confident that wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior will be fully fit for the first Test against India, which gets underway today in Nottingham.
Cook’s comments come after Prior reported some “mild tightness” in his right thigh. This led to the national selectors calling up Jos Buttler as a potential replacement.
“We’re 99% sure that he’ll be fine but we’ll have a little check in the morning just to make sure,” Cook said. “But all things at the moment are looking good.”
Prior is still struggling to recover from an Achilles injury, which restricted him from being at his best during the recent two-Test series against Sri Lanka.
Buttler was pleased to have been called up, but admitted that his wicketkeeping still needs to be polished.
“The move to Lancashire has been going okay for me and given me the opportunity to develop my wicketkeeping a bit faster than before,” Buttler said. “But I have to be realistic. It is my first season keeping as a first choice keeper in red ball cricket and I have to remember that and not get frustrated that I’m not quite doing it as well as I would like to yet.
“I’m probably batting as well as I have in the Championship. I am a bit older and more experienced, I have matured as a person over the winter and it is going really well. I’m starting to learn my game a bit better but there is plenty of room for improvement.”