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CRICKET: England's Prior a doubt for first Australia Test

Published:Tuesday | November 12, 2013 | 9:16 AM

England wicketkeeper Matt Prior is a doubt for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, Australia after scans revealed a low-grade tear in his calf.

The 31-year-old Prior will be replaced by Jonny Bairstow against a New South Wales Eleven this week as he continues his recovery ahead of the first Test on November 21.

He was injured in the warm-up match against Australia ‘A’ on Saturday.

The news is the latest worry for England after batsman Kevin Pietersen had a cortisone injection in his knee following the game in Hobart.

However, the 33-year-old is available for the tour match at the Sydney Cricket Ground this week.

England begin their four-day warm-up match against New South Wales tomorrow, but their preparations were disrupted again as rain forced the cancellation of outdoor training.

Meanwhile, Australia captain Michael Clarke says he will not become more "negative" or "pragmatic" to get results in the Ashes series.

England skipper Alastair Cook was criticised by former Australia spinner Shane Warne for winning the summer series with a boring approach.

England won their third consecutive Ashes series after victories at Trent Bridge, Lord's and Chester-le-Street and draws at Old Trafford and the Oval in the summer.


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