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Ashes 2013-14: Matt Prior remains on course for first Test

Matt Prior: Still on course for the Gabba

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England's Matt Prior came through his wicket-keeping drills on Tuesday and remains on course to play in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

Prior, 31, batted for an hour against a variety of bowlers in the nets and practised some keeping skills as he continues his recovery from a calf injury.

He wore strapping tape over the left calf he injured during England's warm-up match against Australia A in Hobart earlier this month, but appeared unimpeded in his movements.

Prior faced off-spinner Graeme Swann at the Gabba nets under the eye of England batting coach Graham Gooch.

Thumbs-up

After a series of runs between the wickets during his net session to test his calf, he gave coach Andy Flower a thumbs-up as he walked away.

A final decision on his participation will not be made until Wednesday and Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow remains on standby.

Sky Sports' Tim Abrahams watched the session and said: "He looked good again today, doing more wicket-keeping drills and batting again. He looks pretty confident - it's all smiles from him. We got a thumbs-up on him.

"But I do understand there's still work to be done - there's still a day where he needs to prove his fitness. Tomorrow's final practice session will be an important one for Matt Prior - D-Day for him on his fitness. He will know and England will know tomorrow."

The opening Ashes Test gets under way on Sky Sports 2 HD from 11pm on Wednesday

Who will win the first Ashes Test of the 2013/14 series

  • England
  • Australia
  • Draw