We have put us in a strong position: Prior

July 25th, 2011 - 3:19 pm ICT by IANS  

London, July 25 (IANS) England wicketkeeper Matt Prior said the unbeaten 162-run stand between him and Stuart Broad has put the hosts in a strong position and it would be frustrating if the bowlers don’t back it up with a great performance to bowl out India on the fifth and the final day of the first Test at Lord’s.

Prior (103), with his third century at Lord’s, and Broad (74) rescued England from a precarious situation after Indian pacer Ishant Sharma fiery spell reduced them to 62 for five. But Prior and Broad’s gutsy partnership took England to 269 for six declared, setting a target of 458 for India to save the Test match.

“We have put ourselves in a very strong position and it would be hugely frustrating not to back that up and go through with it but we can’t think too far ahead,” he said.

“The important thing is we come in here as normal and look to win the first half hour and go from there. If you start thinking ‘we have to win this Test match, we have to take wickets’ you can start putting unnecessary pressure on the bowlers,” he said.

Prior said the key will be to keep things simple and build the pressure on the Indians.

“If we do what we have done for past two years - keep it basic, build pressure in the field and keep the intensity high - I’m sure we will have a very good day. We might go hours without taking a wicket but then we might have one of those crazy hours when we take three or four.”

Asked what he felt when he came out to bat after Ishant took three wickets in 16 deliveries, Prior said: “I was not expecting to bat before lunch. I was looking at the menu thinking, ‘I will have the lamb’ but there I was taking my guard. The first thing was to build a partnership.”

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