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'It's a horrible place to be': Matt Prior voices support for England's struggling wicketkeeper Jos Buttler

The host's managed to crawl back into the game after an awful start of the season, at the end of Day Three.

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'It's a horrible place to be': Matt Prior voices support for England's struggling wicketkeeper Jos Buttler
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England pacer Chris Woakes has expressed his thoughts on how the Three Lions need to bat well to win the first Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford.

This is the first of the three-match Test series.

The host's managed to crawl back into the game after an awful start of the season, at the end of Day Three.

Woakes ended the day with impressive figures of 2-11.

"It's an exciting Day Four ahead, I suppose. It will be a challenge," he told Sky Sports.

"We've got to come out and try and knock Pakistan over without them building any sort of partnership. That would be the ideal," he added.

"To chase this total down, I think we've got to do it pretty positively. You can't just bat out there for a long time and not expect to have one with your name on it. We don't want them to get too much further ahead of us."

"When you lose the toss on a surface like this, you're always going to be a little bit up against it, especially if there is a first-innings deficit. But, at the same time, we've given ourselves a chance," he claimed.

Former England wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior has backed Jos Buttler, who is going through some torrid times behind the stumps.

"I feel for Jos - it's a horrible place to be but England need him to come out of it," Prior was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

"But it's not just one guy. If one guy is struggling, the wicketkeeper is struggling, the team have to stand up and say 'concentrate on your stuff, we've got this'."

"I watched Jos very closely (in this Test) and he's in that place, which I unfortunately have experience of myself, where you question your own game."

"A number of times you could see that Jos was looking at his hands, his gloves. I know that suddenly your gloves don't feel quite right, your posture is not right," he added.

"You question everything rather than looking at what the match situation is and how you can help the bowler or captain or gee the fielders up which, as we know, is such a crucial role for a keeper."

"When you are battling behind the stumps, it is quite literally the worst place to be on the cricket pitch because you know that ball is coming to you."

"It's not like being a bowler where you can have a bad spell and then park at third man or a batsman who nudges to 20, gets out and goes to sit in the pavilion," he added.

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