Not long from now did the Englishmen land in Australia; it seems that problems are already hitting them hard.
The English wicketkeeper Matt Prior has been ruled out of the warm-up game against Australia Invitational 11 that starts on November 13 at Sydney.
Talking about his replacement, Jonny Bairstow would be the one. Prior was really disappointed which he tweeted as well, “Obviously very disappointed to be missing the game at SCG but doing everything possible to be ready for the 1st Test at the Gabba!"
On Prior’s unavailability, Ian Bell had mixed emotions as he was not amused to see Prior injured though he was happy to see the Yorkshire lad Jonny in the team: "I suppose it's not ideal, but it gives a good opportunity to Jonny Bairstow.
"We've seen in the past how important it is to get the whole of the squad playing cricket before the series starts - because you just never know, with five Tests to come."
Bell added: "It's disappointing ... Matt is a key part of our success over the last few years, and obviously we want him to recover as quickly as possible."
"There's still a bit of time. Matt's got himself in fantastic condition for this tour, and he'll be very good with his rehab,” he said.
"I've got every faith that he'll be fully-fit for Brisbane. But it's good for Jonny, in this game, to get out there with the gloves on in an England shirt."
Also, Kevin Pietersen who often is termed Australia’s tormentor has had on a scan but it seems now that the Surrey player would be fine to play in the first test as he also participated in a small session of indoor training at SCG - and is likely to play in the game that Prior would miss. When asked how is KP doing and what are his chances of playing, Bell replied: “Really well.
“I don't know the XI. But I'd have thought he's definitely up for selection, and would have thought he'll play.''
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