Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: New Dad Prior Will Miss Test

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: New Dad Prior Will Miss Test

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MATT Prior's departure from the Caribbean tour means multiple England changes for the fourth Test - and thoughts immediately turned to selection during an inevitable draw with the Barbados Cricket Association President's XI.

And that will hand Tim Ambrose a chance to take the gloves against the West Indies at the Kensington Oval.

Captain Andrew Strauss, who jarred his finger while fielding yesterday but did no serious damage, spent the start of England's second innings discussing the issue with assistant coach Andy Flower and James Whitaker, the selector currently on the ground here.

England finished up 142 for two second time around after Amjad Khan's fivewicket haul opened up a 106-run lead earlier on the second day of two.

Strauss' regular opening partner Alastair Cook and Ian Bell both struck half-centuries before departing to offspinner Rostin Chase.

Cook spent one-and-a-half hours over 52 before picking out midwicket and Bell, dropped following the first Test thrashing in Jamaica, was bowled playing a reverse sweep, which brought about handshakes on a draw.

In truth, England's second innings was no more than a glorified net against a young Barbados team including just four players with first-class experience.

Earlier, fast bowler Khan, who only arrived here with Ravi Bopara as joint cover for injured all-rounder Andrew Flintoff on Sunday, claimed five for 79 as the hosts were dismissed for 245 at Windward Cricket Club.

Denmark-born Khan emulated the good first impression made by Bopara, who fought off the effects of jet lag and struck an unbeaten 124 in England's opening day 351 for seven.

However, he is much less likely to play than Bopara, vying with Bell to replace Flintoff at number six, who was given a bowl early on the second morning.

But the Essex all-rounder, brought into the attack for the 22nd over of the innings, was given a rude awakening with the ball as his first over cost 11 runs, including an eye-catching loft over extracover for six by the aggressive Kevin Stoute. …

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