A lot of hard work is ahead of us: Prior

Published: Monday, July 25, 2011, 2:15 [IST]
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A lot of hard work is ahead of us: Prior

London, July 24: England's saviour in the second innings, Matt Prior today said that it will take a lot of effort from his team to win the first Test against India at Lord's here.

"There are a lot of runs in the wicket. There are no devils, it's a pretty good deck and still has a huge amount of runs in it. Their batting is very strong and a lot of hard work is ahead of us," stated Prior whose unbeaten 103 was the cornerstone around which England scored 269 for six in their second innings and set India a target of 458.

"It's a kind of wicket where you could go for an hour without the wicket and then could have a silly hour where you pick 3-4 wickets. We would do it the way we always do trying to do well in the first half an hour, then hour and from then on sessions."

India escaped with a draw four years ago at this venue when rain and an unbeaten 76 by Mahendra Singh Dhoni helped the visitors cling on to their 1-0 lead.

"It's very important it doesn't happen this time. Test wins against quality opposition doesn't come about often. We are in good position and the way to take wickets is to bowl in good areas and put pressure. That's the way we have done it in the last two years," the wicketkeeper-batsman said.

Prior admitted that the team's position in the morning when it lost five wickets, made him very, very nervous.

"I didn't expect to bat before lunch. I was looking at the menu and that sort of thing and suddenly I was taking my guard. I wanted to first build a stand, settle everything else the crowd was noisy, the Indians were up for it and Ishant had his heels up.

"I was pretty nervous walking out at 60 for 5. Having played so well for the first three days, we wanted to choose to declare. It was important we were calm and get rid of that position."


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