The Ashes: Injury scare for Monty Panesar, Prior to remain on the 'matt'

England, who are hoping to avoid an Ashes whitewash in Sydney, could be without Monty Panesar, who is suffering from a calf injury. Meanwhile Jonny Bairstow is likely to retain his place behind the stumps in place of Matt Prior.

updated: January 02, 2014 14:05 IST
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Sydney: Captain Alastair Cook says Jonny Bairstow will continue behind the stumps for England in the final Ashes Test starting on Friday despite support for the experienced Matt Prior from rival skipper Michael Clarke.

Prior was dropped for Bairstow (in pic) for the fourth Test in Melbourne after an indifferent series but his understudy gave a mixed performance, dropping a catch and failing to respond to a snick from Chris Rogers when he was on 19, with the opener going on to score a century.

Clarke said Prior's vast experience was needed by England as they seek to deny Australia a 5-0 whitewash in Sydney, but Cook said Bairstow would get another chance as wicketkeeper.

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