Ashes 2013-14: England wicketkeeper Matt Prior looks set for first Test
England's Matt Prior came through his first extended nets session and looks likely to be passed fit for the first Test.
Last Updated: 18/11/13 11:42am
Prior is England's only injury doubt ahead of the Brisbane opener after picking up a calf strain in the drawn tour match with Australia A in Hobart.
But after coming through his first net on Sunday, Prior batted and went through his wicketkeeping drills on Monday without any discomfort and, as he left, gave reporters the thumbs-up when asked how he was feeling.
Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow is on standby to replace him in the first Test in Brisbane should he suffer any reaction but Prior now looks odds-on to take his place in the England team.
A final decision on Prior's availability will not be made until Wednesday.
Bairstow scored 48 in the final warm-up game against a Cricket Australia Invitational XI in Sydney and performed well behind the stumps.
Meanwhile, England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been involved in a spat with the local press in Brisbane.
The local paper, the Courier-Mail, put a picture of Pietersen on its front page with the headline: "He's so arrogant not even his own team likes him."
After an initial Twitter response claiming front-page treatment will merely boost his ego, Pietersen's reaction to a little more goading read: "I would have preferred a Sydney front page to be honest....but I'll take Melbourne! No one has heard of Brisbane outside Oz!"
The opening Ashes Test gets under way on Sky Sports 2 HD from 11pm on Wednesday.