Matt Prior has been included in the England side for the first match of the test series against Sri Lanka.
There was a tough competition between Prior and the young sensation Jos Buttler for that keeper’s slot. Buttler had performed wonderfully in the One Day International series against Sri Lanka and there were a number of people who believed that he should get the opportunity in 5-day cricket as well, but, the selectors didn’t get convinced that the 23 years old Somerset man was ready for the longest format. They decided to go with the experience of Prior who has also been in pretty good form for his county Sussex this season.
Prior has had a very tough time in international cricket in the last one year or so. He had gone on the tour of Australia towards the end of 2013 as the vice captain of the English side, but, he got dropped in the middle of the test series because of his poor form. Jonny Bairstow played on his place in the last two tests, but, couldn’t do much.
If Prior has to make sure that he remains part of the England squad for the Ashes series next year, he will have to prove his worth in the upcoming test series against Sri Lanka and India. If he doesn’t do that, the selectors might be forced to give Buttler a go.
Prior has got the experience of 75 test matches. He has been a regular part of the England test team since making his debut in the whites in 2007. He has had 7 scores over hundred in his test career so far. He has played 68 One Day Internationals as well in which he has scored just three fifties with the top score of 87.