Hours after India’s historic victory at Lord’s, England Wicket Keeper Matt Prior decided to stand out for rest of the summer owing to an injury. Prior claims that he was suffering from Achilles problem for a long time and vowed to rectify the problem by having an operation. Prior has also been dented with quad and hand injuries which is seemed to be the reason behind Prior’s poor performances behind the stumps since the start of the summer.
Prior in an interview to The Mirror said that he is not doing any justice to himself and more importantly to the team which matters the most. He also added that he tore his quad in the first test against India at Nottingham and his right hand was beaten to a pulp. But the Achilles seemed to bother him a lot than the other two injuries.
With Prior certainly out of the third test against India at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl which begins on 27th July, the English selectors have a lot of choices up their sleeve for a replacement. England had Jonny Bairstow replacing Prior in the last two Ashes test matches, they might be chances for Bairstow to take his position behind the stumps. But, he will face a tough competition from England’s ODI wicket-keeper Jos Buttler who is the favourite to replace Prior at Southampton.
Buttler proved his worth in the shorter versions of the game and is all set to make his Test debut on Sunday. There are rounds in the English cricket circle that Buttler was considered to replace Prior even before the First Test against Sri Lanka a month ago but the selectors went with experienced Prior.
Buttler’s inclusion means that Prior’s hook shot off Ishant Sharma which was caught by Murali Vijay at deep mid-wicket might be the last ball he faced in English colours which spanned for just over seven years and 79 tests. With the bat, Prior managed just one fifty in four tests and with the gloves in hand, he was below par as he conceded byes on a regular basis.
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