England wicket-keeper Matt Prior has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect as he failed to recover from an Achilles injury.

The 33-year-old wicketkeeper from Sussex has represented England in 79 Test matches and played a key role in England’s hat-trick Ashes triumphs in 2009, 2010-11 and 2013. He was the first England wicketkeeper to score a century on debut, when he scored an unbeaten 126 at Lord’s against West Indies in 2007. Prior said that he expected to be fit for the start of 2015 season and failed to do so. So he decided to announce his retirement from the game.

Today is a very sad day for me as I am forced to announce my retirement from the game I love. I had been hoping and expecting to be fit for the start of the 2015 season. Unfortunately, this has proved impossible, and I have now had to reach this decision, Prior said.

The South African born batsman also added I feel honoured to have played for Sussex and England as many times as I have and shared so many great times with both teams. I also feel privileged to have been involved in an era of such success for English cricket. I have always tried to play with pride and passion and have a deep belief that the team will always come first. Although I haven’t achieved all the goals I had set out to, I feel immensely proud of what I have done in my career. Sadly it is now time to move on.

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