Prior earns recall

January 20, 2011 at 9:42 am 1 comment


Matt Prior will take his place behind the stumps again for England in their one-day side after the selectors made a somewhat surprising decision to drop Steve Davies, with the World Cup less than a month away. Prior has been absent for 10 months from the 50 over side and was the only real surprise in the 15-man squad that will travel to the subcontinent after the current ODI series in Australia to play in a tournament that the cricket betting suggest England have every chance of winning.

Not many other international teams have three different wicket-keepers for three different formats of the game and Prior will be looking to take the gloves in both shorter forms of the game after replacing Davies. Prior showed enough during the Ashes to convince the selectors that he warrants a chance at the World Cup and the keeper will take his place in the side for the remainder of the Australia series.
As well as his vastly improved glove-work, Prior has a good record batting on subcontinent conditions and that was a deciding factor in the decision.

Head coach Andy Flower said: “We believe that Matt Prior is best suited to the sub-continent conditions and that’s why we’ve picked him. He is a combative, aggressive cricketer. He fits our aggressive fielding unit so those are the reasons why he has been picked for the World Cup.”

Prior will partner Andrew Strauss at the top of the batting order and will have to improve on the form he showed in that position before he was dropped last year, following his disappointing tour of Bangladesh. Prior’s ODI average is 25.38 and he will need to improve on that if the side are to live up to the cricket odds and win the tournament.

Fortunately for Prior, he will have the rest of the seven game series against Australia to get himself into the swing of the 50 over game. England go into this Friday’s game on the back of their opening game loss at the MCG.

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  • 1. priya  |  February 10, 2011 at 6:18 pm

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