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Prior doubt for England

England head coach Peter Moores may face a major injury crisis after being told that wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior is a doubt for the crucial World Twenty20 clash with New Zealand.

The Sussex man, who has been opening the batting for England in the competition thus far, was taken to hospital for X-rays on his right thumb after fears that he may have cracked a bone.

The results of the scans will not be made public immediately and as such Moores faces an anxious wait to see if he will have his one and only gloveman fit to face the Blackcaps.

England must win the match if they are to stand any chance of qualifying for the last-four of the tournament in South Africa, following their 19-run defeat to the hosts at the weekend.

Reserve batsman Vikram Solanki replaced Prior behind the stumps after he was taken to hospital, but without a recognised specialist behind the stumps, England will be significant underdogs against the in-form Kiwis.

England's fielding in their last fixture came under scrutiny after several dropped catches allowed the South Africans to post a decent total of 154-8.

And this area of inconsistency will not be improved if they are without Prior, who got the nod ahead of several other candidates for the one available wicketkeeper berth at the tournament.

source - inthenews.co.uk
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