Prior heartened by recovery

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Matt Prior says England 'will take a huge amount' from the way they started their second innings
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Matt Prior says England 'will take a huge amount' from the way they started their second innings

England did their best to put a "shocker" of a first innings behind them as they followed on 330 runs behind against India at the Sardar Patel Stadium.

It was hard to make much sense of a day of two halves in which the tourists lurched from 41 for three to 191 all out by teatime to the spin of Pragyan Ojha (five for 45) and Ravichandran Ashwin (three for 80), yet then moved serenely to stumps on 111 without loss.

"We all know our first innings was a bit of a shocker," said wicketkeeper Matt Prior. "As a professional sportsman, you have to look forward - and the way Compo (Nick Compton) and Cookie (Alastair Cook ) went about their business was absolutely fantastic. To end up none down at close of play, we'll take a huge amount from that."

Prior, whose battling 48 from number eight was England's best first-innings score, is both a realist and an optimist, adding: "We're still behind in the game, obviously, but it gives us a lot of confidence so we can go out tomorrow and try to bat for a long period of time - which we need to do.

"I sat here two days before the Test match and said 'It's all very well talking - you've got to go out and do it'.

"Unfortunately, in the first innings we didn't do it.

"I think we're all honest enough to hold our hands up and say 'Right, we didn't get that right'.

"Maybe we got a little bit too ahead of ourselves, and a bit panicky."

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