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The Ashes: Matt Prior confirms fitness for second Test at Lord's

Matt Prior: Fit and ready for Lord's

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England keeper Matt Prior insists he is fit and ready for the second Test with Australia at Lord's on Thursday.

Prior had been reported as a potential doubt for the match because of a niggling Achilles injury.

He was ordered to miss a golf day on Monday as a precaution, but the Sussex star has brushed off talk that he will not be 100 per cent fit for the Lord's showdown.

Shock

"I think it was a bigger shock to me than anyone else that I was a doubt for the second Test. But I'm not. I'm completely fit and well," he said.

"The Achilles, it's purely a management thing. It feels good at the moment and the reason I didn't play golf is because I didn't want to potentially put it under strain or enflame it or anything else. I'm feeling good.

England wicketkeeper Matt Prior is fit for Lord's - and says he was surprised to read that he's an injury doubt because of an on-going achilles problem.

"Back to back Test matches come into play. Just one full rest day. I would rather have my feet up. We've got a rest after this Test but it's a quick turnaround. We spent a lot of time in the field. It was pretty tense. So a day off my feet was what was needed.

Special

"It was a pretty special game. It was amazing to watch but even better to be a part of. I'm not sure I could take four more games like that. I don't think the heart would put up with it. All in all it was an unbelievable advert for Test cricket, for Ashes cricket.

"I think it was a bigger shock to me than anyone else that I was a doubt for the second Test. But I'm not. I'm completely it and well."

Matt Prior

"It was always going to be tight. But we stayed calm. That was a lot to do with our preparation. The Australians are fighters - they are not going to lie down and die. We had to fight just as hard, if not harder to get ourselves in a position to win the game.

"It will be the same this week and we're ready for that. It gives you a huge amount of confidence - it doesn't matter how long you've been playing."

What will be the result of the second Ashes Test?

  • England win
  • Draw
  • Australia win