Prior ready for series win

January 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm 1 comment


England wicket keeper Matt Prior says that the team is focused on finishing the job in South Africa. The tourists are 1-0 up with one to play in the Test series and Prior has stated that the team will be going all out to win the final rubber.

Some have suggested that England are in a comfort zone after the dramatic draw in Cape Town, a result which meant that Andrew Strauss men can no longer lose the series. This isn’t the case according to Prior. This is because England will want to have their hard work rewarded at the end of this tour by emerging victorious against a side that was ranked number one in the world when the series began.

Speaking ahead of Thursday’s final test, the Sussex man said that the team aren’t in South Africa to draw a series, they are ‘here to win one’. After two great escapes to salvage two draws in the series so far, Prior is determined that England won’t be forced to ‘scrape through’ this time. In fact, he says that a 2-0 victory in the series would be a ‘dream come true’ for the entire squad.

Such an achievement would mean that England have beaten two of the top teams in the world in successive series following the Ashes win against Australia last summer. This would be a huge step towards become the best Test team around, something which is clearly on the minds of the England set-up right now.

Prior is realistic though and knows that they have to take things ‘session by session’ in Johannesburg. The hosts are highly likely to create a results wicket as well, so this is something the team have to be prepared for. Playing for a draw might not be an option come the third or fourth day, so England must try to win from the beginning.

A key factor in this could be the toss. If England can win it and bat first, they have an excellent chance to take the game beyond South Africa. A mammoth first innings score of above 450 would mean that South Africa have to work extremely hard to win the game and therefore salvage the series.

With this in mind, Prior will be hoping that he doesn’t have to be called into action on the opening day. He will be quite happy putting his feet up and watching the top six batsmen pile on the runs. Then, he will look to add to it with a solid contribution down the order before taking any chances that come his way in the field.

Nothing will go as simply as this though and Prior – along with the rest of the England team – will have to be on top of their game to ensure a least a draw against a South Africa side that will be determined to salvage something from the series.

Overall, it is likely to be an enthralling few days of cricket and England’s fourth Test odds reflect this.

In other sports news, the odds for the 2010 Grand National are really starting to hot up and could be worth keeping an eye on.

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  • 1. Dean @ Cricket Betting Blog  |  January 18, 2010 at 1:25 am

    It’s a shame Prior didn’t play as good a game as he talked. It always annoys me when these players tell us what they are going to do, and then make a pigs ear of things.

    His shots to get out where something else.

    All in all I think it was a successful tour for England if you include the ODI’s and the T20, England didn’t lose in any format and we would have taken that at the start.

    It’s just a shame the batting and tactics seemed to fail us in the 3rd and 4th Tests.

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