Matt Prior pleased with England fightback

Prior pleased with England fightback
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Matt Prior believes that England have given themselves a great chance in the first Test against India thanks to their fightback on day two.

Matt Prior has insisted that England have given themselves a great chance in the first Test against India following their fightback on day two in Ahmedabad.

The tourists were bowled out for just 171 in a disastrous first innings, but openers Alastair Cook and Nick Compton rallied to leave them on 111-0 after they were forced to follow on.

However, England are still 219 runs behind India thanks to the hosts' declaration of 521-8.

"We all know that our first innings was a bit of a shocker, to lose wickets quickly is always disappointing," said Prior.

"As a professional sportsman you have to look forward and look at taking positives from a day. The way Compo and Cookie went about their business this afternoon was absolutely fantastic.

"To end up none down at the close of play - we take a huge amount from that."

Prior was bowled out for 48 runs in the first innings.

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