Sunday 4 August 2013 

Video - Prior Confident, Warner Unflustered

Watch as England wicket-keeper Matthew Prior tells the media that he is confident that the Ashes will be retained and David Warner jokes about his role as 'pantomime villain' at Old Trafford.

Warner has been the subject of plenty of boos and jeers from the crowd as he makes his first international appearance since landing a punch on Joe Root during the Champions Trophy and then sitting out a suspension.

"I hooked another one to Rooty (Joe Root)," Warner laughed. "Of all the people on the field it's quite comical. I'll just wait to read Twitter a bit later.

"Someone has to get picked out, this time it's me and I've just got to keep my head down and focus on what my task ahead is and that's scoring runs."

Prior, meanwhile, made 30 as England avoided the follow-on by scoring 368 in reply to Australia's 527 for seven declared.

"It was meant to start raining today at one o'clock and it didn't," Prior said. "Forecasts in England are pretty good at being wrong and it'd be very dangerous for us to rely on rain or forecasts going into tomorrow."

Australia then closed on 172 for seven in their second innings when bad light and rain ended play early with them 331 runs ahead with one day remaining.

Video courtesy of ECB Cricket

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