Prior out to silence critics

October 25, 2010 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

Matt Prior has never been allowed to fully enjoy himself as England’s first choice wicket-keeper, since making his debut in 2007. Since Prior took over from Paul Nixon, there has been the constant murmurings from sections of the media about whether or not he is international class. The fact is that when he first started out, Prior was the typical batsman/wicket-keeper. Over the years, Prior has worked tirelessly on his glove work and that has shown over this season.

Prior’s batting quality was never in doubt, the century he made on his debut against the West Indies put any doubters straight. Since then Prior has hit another two centuries and has a Test average of 42.13. His keeping has come on leaps and bounds this year and Prior has cut out nearly all the mistakes he was previously known for. He’ll never be as natural behind the stumps as James Foster, but Prior brings more to the side and he is finally looking like a Test keeper.

Those looking to place an Ashes bet note how Prior will go into the upcoming series in some impressive form after the summer series against Pakistan. The 28 year old averaged 58.50 during the series and hit an unbeaten 102 in the win at Trent Bridge, when none of his other England team-mates passed 30. His catching was also spot-on and he was sharp behind the stumps in all aspects.

Prior will have to stay on his toes with Steven Davis waiting in the wings to take over the keeping duties should he be handed the chance. The 24 year old has jumped ahead of Prior to take the role in the one-day and T20 England sides and will be eyeing up the Test team after being named in the Ashes Test squad, firstly as Prior’s back-up.

Davis has been backed by those giving out cricket betting tips as well as former England great Alec Stewart, who said “Matt Prior will start the first Ashes Test and quite rightly so. He has been outstanding this summer and he is in possession of the gloves and he won’t get left out. He may get his chance if something happens to Matt Prior be it a loss of form or injury and he is ready to take it.”

As it is though Prior is in possession and he won’t give up his place in the side without one hell of a fight.


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