Prior: I need a few lucky moments

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England batsman Matt Prior feels his luck is about to turn around with regards to his poor form, saying he just needs a few moments of good fortune to get him back on a run-scoring path.

England batsman Matt Prior feels his luck is about to turn around with regards to his poor form, saying he just needs a few moments of good fortune to get him back on a run-scoring path.

The wicketkeeper only averaged 19 during the Ashes in England and failed to record a half century in the five Tests. Compared with his century against New Zealand in Auckland, where he had a few lucky moments, this was a stark drop.

Prior said: "You need a bit of luck, and you can't over-estimate how much that plays a part. At Trent Bridge I batted brilliantly, then toe-ended one straight to a bloke twice – when does that ever happen?

"You compare that with Auckland where the ball went off my lid, hit the stumps twice and the bails didn't come off!

"You do sometimes just need that nick to fly through the gap rather than fly straight to the man. But just hang in, stay true to yourself – and it will turn round.

"When it does turn round someone is going to pay. When I get that opportunity, I am going to be very hungry to make it count.

"There are times when you are having a good patch that you get a bit lazy when you get to 50 or 60, and you take your eye off the ball a little bit, but the importance of me scoring runs down the order is not lost on me.

"Certainly if I get that opportunity I will be hungry."

Prior was then asked why he thought his form had been so poor, and he said he was at a loss given he hadn't changed anything about his technique. But he also said he wasn't letting it keep him up at night.

He added: "It is a strange one. All summer I felt I was hitting the ball well. I haven't changed anything technically; I haven't stopped practising or working hard. If anything I am probably trying too hard.

"One of the dangers is you can suddenly start trying to reinvent the wheel, and you actually take away one of your strengths. But you have to get it right – you can't just go out and be reckless.

"You want to do well and succeed – it is important – but the minute you start putting too much importance on it and losing sleep at night you are in trouble.

"You have to make sure you put it to bed and go away and do other things. If you start beating yourself up away from the cricket ground it is going to take longer."

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