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Matt Prior, one of the few English batsmen to look assured amidst a first innings collapse, admitted that the visitors 'panicked a bit' and that the way the openers handled the last session in the second gave the side some hope. Prior also came to the defence of Ian Bell who was out first ball to an attacking shot that did not come off.
On his assessment of day 3
* It was a shocker to lose wickets quickly and was disappointing. As a professional you have to look ahead and take positives. The way (Nick) Compton and Cookie (Alastair Cook) went about their task this afternoon was fantastic. We are behind but are still in the game.
On what went wrong
* We are honest enough to admit we did not get that right. We knew the wicket was going to turn a bit. I think we got a little bit ahead of ourselves and panicked a bit. In the second innings we were a lot more calm, led by Cookie and Compton, the way they batted. May be it's turning a bit, bouncing a bit, but you can bat with time out there.
On where they stand
* There's no point in crying over spilled milk, you have to move on. We are still in this game though we are behind as 111 for no loss sums up the turnaround. Who knows what is realistically achievable? If we get anything from this game it will be a fantastic effort.
On the bell dismissal
* Bell is one of the finest batters in hitting the ball over the top. Had it come on everyone would have said what a fantastic shot it was. You cannot question the quality and class of the batting of Ian Bell. We all know his class, and hopefully, he is going to show it soon.