Prior: Lack of match practice cost us

Prior blames lack of matches
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Matt Prior reveals his disappointment at the lack of match practice before the first Test defeat to Pakistan.

England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has claimed that a lack of match practice was a factor in the first Test defeat to Pakistan.

Prior was the only batsman to pass 50 for England during the humiliating ten-wicket loss.

The Sussex player said: "You can spend as much time in the gym and as much time in the nets or on the training ground - but until you're out in the middle, you don't get that ring-ready feeling.

"It's getting used to little things - the nerves, travelling into the ground. I felt, in that first innings, I had to get used to switching on and off again."

The second Test begins on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.

Matt Prior
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