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Ashes 2013/14: Matt Prior was satisfied with England's performance over three days in Perth

England start warm-up with a draw

Matt Prior: Happy with England's efforts in the opening tour match

Stand-in skipper Matthew Prior was pleased with England's all-round performance after the first tour match in Australia ended in a draw.

Prior was one of many batsmen to fail to gain time at the crease after centuries from Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell as the tourists slumped from 330-2 to 390 all out.

But, glossing over the collapse, Prior said he felt everything went well in the team's tour opener.

"We know how important first innings runs are going to be, and that starts with the two men at the top," he said.

"The way Carberry played was fantastic, and Rooty as well. Bell and Trott took over from there, so very happy with the batting overall.

"The bowling today went from strength to strength which was a great sign. Steven Finn bowled a long spell there, and certainly (in) the last four or five overs he really was hitting his straps again - and his pace was up.

"I thought Boyd Rankin was fantastic all day. A bloke with such height, and good pace and bounce, on these wickets could be a pretty useful weapon over here.

"Tremlett again just got better and better, more rhythm as the game went on and certainly as today went on."

"I think we got a huge amount from it. In all departments, we gradually got better throughout the game, certainly in the field, and from a fielding and bowling point of view."

Unflappable

Gary Ballance was out first ball following his second-ball duck on his ODI debut two months ago, but Prior believes the Yoprkshireman will bounce back quickly.

"You can't just judge a guy on walking to the wicket, taking guard, 'nicking off' and walking back again," he added.

"He seems another one of those unflappable characters. He sort of had a bit of a wry grin on his face.

"I think that's the best thing you can do. You have to just laugh it off, and go 'oh well', dust yourself down and (get) back on the horse.

"There's no point taking it too seriously, taking yourself too seriously and getting too down and beating yourself up."

England now move on to Hobart where they face Australia A in a four-day game starting on Wednesday.

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