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Prior injured as England tour match ends in draw

November 9, 2013

HOBART, Australia (AP) — Matt Prior injured his left calf while batting Saturday and was unable to keep wicket for England in the visitors’ rain-affected draw with Australia A.

Prior felt tightness in his lower leg when attempting a single while batting on the fourth day at Bellerive Oval. Joe Root took over as wicketkeeper.

At the close of play, Australia A was 119-3 from 31 overs in response to England’s 430-7 declared.

Rain prevented play on the second and third days after England captain Alastair Cook (154) and his new opening partner Michael Carberry (153) notched unbeaten centuries on day one. They both retired at the start of play Saturday.

England coach Andy Flower said he hoped Prior would be fit for the first Ashes test against Australia beginning Nov. 21 in Brisbane.

“He’s a concern. I would suggest he’d be OK for the first test but I hope I’m not speaking out of turn there,” Flower said. “He’ll have a scan, he’s tweaked it. His experience is very valuable for us.”

England plays its final pre-Ashes tour match against an Invitational XI starting on Wednesday in Sydney.

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