Matt Prior believes that England’s wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler needs the support from his teammates and staff members to improve his performance.
Matt, who himself was England’s wicketkeeper-batsman, expressed that he can understand the mindset of the struggling Buttler in the ongoing Test series against Pakistan.
Jos Buttler had a forgettable first day at Old Trafford as he slipped two catches and missed one stumping.
On the Dom Bess spin bowling, the wicketkeeper dropped an easy catch of Shan Masood at 46. This mistake costed the host as Shan scored 156 runs.
Also, with the bat, Buttler had struggled in the last Test series against West Indies. Similarly, he was bowled by spinner Yasir Shah in the first innings at 38 runs.
The team will have to stand up with Jos Buttler: Matt
In the recent interaction, Matt Prior showed sympathy towards Joss Buttler. He feels that the wicketkeeper is under pressure to perform which is not helping him.
“I feel for Jos – it’s a horrible place to be but England need him to come out of it. But it’s not just one guy. If one guy is struggling, the wicketkeeper is struggling, the team have to stand up and say ‘concentrate on your stuff, we’ve got this, ‘” Matt Prior was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“I watched Jos very closely (in this Test) and he’s in that place, which I unfortunately have experience of myself, where you question your own game.
It is quite literally the worst place to be on the cricket: Matt Prior
Matt Prior, who has represented England in 79 Test matches and 68 ODIs, said that the wicketkeeper position is the worst to be in. He reasoned it saying that keeper had to face fierce bowlers behind the stumps but they can not afford to miss any bowl.
“A number of times you could see that Jos was looking at his hands, his gloves. I know that suddenly your gloves don’t feel quite right, your posture is not right.
“You question everything rather than looking at what the match situation is and how you can help the bowler or captain or gee the fielders up which, as we know, is such a crucial role for a keeper.
“When you are battling behind the stumps, it is quite literally the worst place to be on the cricket pitch because you know that ball is coming to you.
“It’s not like being a bowler where you can have a bad spell and then park at third man or a batsman who nudges to 20, gets out and goes to sit in the pavilion,” Matt Prior added.
Meanwhile, England had to chase down 277 runs target to win the first Test match against the visitors Pakistan.