England v Sri Lanka: Matt Prior embracing his attacking streak

England v Sri Lanka: Matt Prior hopes a return to his natural game will improve his fortunes after a strong day two

Paddy Dinham
By Paddy Dinham

Matt Prior believes that a return to his natural game will bring an upswing in his fortunes after helping England pile on the runs on day two of the first Test against Sri Lanka.

Although eclipsed by an unbeaten double-hundred from Joe Root, Prior’s 86 was a far cry from the form which saw him average just 17 in the winter Ashes tour, as England declared on 575-9.

I’ve always been that attacking player and if I get out doing that then so be it

Matt Prior

The tourists finished the day with a stubborn reply of 140-1 but the Sussex wicket keeper remained in high spirits and highlighted his close LBW review on Thursday as a turning point in his mind set.

“For a year or so I’ve not had a few things go my way,” Prior said.

“I was watching it very closely with [Joe] Rooty and when I saw the umpire’s call come up I looked at him and I said ‘things are changing, I’m back.

“In a lot of ways it triggered me off again. I’ve always been that attacking player and if I get out doing that then so be it.”

The 32-year-old also stressed that his pre-series Achilles injury has fully healed and acknowledged he must maintain his form to fend off rival gloves men like Jos Buttler.

He added: “There’s always pressure on your place.

“If you want to play for England, you’ve got to be the best in England, I’ve always said that and it’s up to me to make sure that now I’ve got the place it’s up to me to work hard and keep performing.”

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