We are prepared for the tough challenge against India: Matt Prior

Nov 13 2012, 16:59 IST
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SummaryWe have been able to play a lot of cricket on these types of wickets: Matt Prior

Two days before the commencement of what is billed as the 'revenge series' for India, England wicket-keeper Matt Prior today said that the tourists are well prepared for the tough challenge of taming the hosts.

"We have given ourselves the best chance, we have prepared as well as we can. It's now down to performing on the pitch. It's a tough challenge for all of us," he said ahead of the opening Test commencing at the Motera here on November 15.

"Coming over here, we had a long preparation. We have been able to play a lot of cricket on these types of wickets. We are now ready after getting used to the heat, the spinning tracks, the traffic. We are going into the Test match feeling fully prepared," he declared.

It has been 28 years since any team from Old Blighty had come and bearded India in its own den and Prior said England are well aware of the history.

"It's always a very challenging place to come and play. India know their conditions fantastically well as we do when we play in England where we are brought up playing the swinging ball and we play it pretty well. Likewise these guys are brought up playing the spinning ball and they play it pretty well," he said.

"Cricket is a religion out here and to be able to play in front of people with that mentality is a fantastic opportunity. To come out and win in this environment would be even better. Record speaks for itself how it's been since England last won over here," he added.

Incidentally, India were last beaten at home in a Test rubber by Australia in 2004-05 season and since then they have either won the series or drawn them against all other opponents.

Prior conceded that the 3-0 rout against the Pakistan spin duo of Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman in the United Arab Emirates a few months ago, still rankles the England squad.

But the 30-year-old South Africa born stumper also insisted that the team has the ability to move ahead and take on the new challenge head-on as it has a very good batting line-up.

"It's always in the back of their minds (the debacle against Pakistan). But as an international sportsman you have to move on quickly," Prior said.

"What I hope we can do is learn from our own experiences, learn from our mistakes and take them forward into

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