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Prior century puts England in command

Matt Prior's third Test century has put England on the verge of a commanding opening Test victory.
Matt Prior's third Test century has put England on the verge of a commanding opening Test victory.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • England are on the brink of defeating Pakistan in opening Test match at Trent Bridge
  • Wicketkeeper Matt Prior scored unbeaten century as England declared on 262-9
  • In reply, Pakistan had slumped to 15-3, losing three wickets in just seven balls
  • The tourists are chasing a world record fourth innings victory total of 435 to win

(CNN) -- England are on the brink of defeating Pakistan with a day to spare of the opening Test match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

Wicketkeeper Matt Prior scored an unbeaten century as the hosts set the tourists a world record fourth innings victory total of 435.

And, at close of play on the third day, Pakistan had slumped to 15 for the loss of three wickets, meaning an unlikely victory target now appears even more remote.

Pakistan's record successful run chase was when they scored 315 for nine against Australia in Karachi in 1994.

Prior's vital knock of 102 came at the right time for England, who were struggling on 72 for five prior to his arrival at the crease.

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However, Prior's third Test century helped lift England to 262 for nine declared, with 49 runs coming from his last-wicket stand with tail-ender Steve Finn.

Pakistan's reply began badly when Salman Butt was caught at slip off Stuart Broad and the same bowler -- playing on his home Nottinghamshire ground -- then had Azhar Ali lbw for a duck.

Umar Amin was then lbw for one to James Anderson as Pakistan lost three wickets for one run in just seven balls.