England v India: Geoffrey Boycott critical of Matt Prior

England v India: Geoffrey Boycott criticises Matt Prior after James Anderson and Joe Root share record last-wicket stand

Geoffrey Boycott was critical of Matt Prior’s wicket-keeping as James Anderson and Joe Root shared the highest last-wicket stand in Test history to help England fightback against India on day four of the first Test.

Anderson produced a remarkable innings of 81 – a record for an England No11 – as Root and the bowler made 198 at Trent Bridge to help the hosts post a first innings tally of 496.

Prior has dropped about three. Whether he is fit, there is talk of an ankle injury, but they were catchable

Geoffrey Boycott

India finished the day 128 runs ahead of Alastair Cook’s men after closing on 167-3, Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara all falling in the afternoon and evening sessions.

However, England legend Boycott was critical of Prior on a historic day as the recalled wicket-keeper, whose injury prompted England to call-up Jos Buttler as cover, dropped three catches.

“Prior has dropped about three. Whether he is fit, there is talk of an ankle injury, but they were catchable. I expect an international keeper not to miss three in a match,” Boycott told BBC Sport.

“England have some serious pieces of the jigsaw out of place. The keeper is missing catches, I won’t go on about his batting because he got a terrible decision. We have no spinner we can count on to do 30 overs.

“Our batting keeps collapsing, that’s a worry. We can’t keep collapsing and the tail keep getting us out of jail.”

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