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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 August 2007, 14:24 GMT 15:24 UK
Matt Prior column
Matt Prior
By Matt Prior
England wicket-keeper

During the second Test against India I received some criticism in a couple of newspapers for being overly loud at the stumps, which, in truth, has surprised me.

For a start some of the comments heard on the stump microphone and attributed to me weren't even said by me!

Zaheer points out a jellybean to umpire Howell
Zaheer points out a jellybean to umpire Howell
I don't think I am any more vocal than other keepers in world cricket.

It's the wicket-keeper's role to be chatty, to get the fielding unit going. He is the drummer of the band.

Both teams are full of fierce competitors who want to win but I don't think there was any more or less aggression than there was in the West Indies series, or any other Test series I would imagine.

There was a bit of a misunderstanding and Zaheer Khan thought we were throwing jelly beans at him, which was not the case

Sometimes issues are blown up to become bigger than they really are. That is just what has happened with "Jellygate", which I find quite amusing because it really was nothing.

When drinks are brought out, we are also given sweets to keep our energy levels up and I think a couple dropped near the wicket.

As a batsman you often see something laying against the stumps and you just quietly move it out of the way and carry on with the game.

There was a bit of a misunderstanding and Zaheer Khan thought we were throwing jelly beans at him, which was not the case.

Maybe he saw one of them, the ball was bowled, he spotted another that had been there all along and thought someone was throwing them.

He faced one ball and suddenly reacted towards Kevin Pietersen.

Sidebottom appeals
Ryan Sidebottom will bowl half as well and eight wickets on another day

Nothing was said to provoke him. It started off being a joke but it's been taken in completely the wrong context.

I'll be surprised if we get jelly beans at the drinks break again!

I hate losing, and this week was no different.

I'm not the kind that uses luck as an excuse - it goes in cycles - but over the last couple of weeks the India team has had the rub of the green, as when they won the toss at Trent Bridge.

Ryan Sidebottom will bowl half as well and eight wickets on another day and I thought Chris Tremlett made another great step forward.

On that last morning we came together and as a team decided that, although we might lose, we were going to go down fighting.

The way we bowled and fielded was brilliant. We lost, but we took three wickets, and that showed the fight, so we took a lot from that final session.

Hopefully at The Oval our luck will turn round.

606: DEBATE
We knew that 198 in the first innings was never going to be enough and the importance of the first innings is huge, so one of our main focuses will be to win that first innings.

The Oval has a bit more pace and bounce which I think will suit us, but if you bat well you will get runs and if we win the toss and bat first we have to make sure we get a big score.

First I have the Twenty20 finals day on Saturday, which is going to be great. The guys at Sussex are all really excited and hopefully we can lift another trophy.

Matt Prior was speaking to Jamie Lillywhite.



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