English cricket May 17, 2012

Matt Prior's climb to the top of the world

England’s wicketkeeper Matt Prior marks the fifth anniversary of his Test debut today at the same ground and against the same opponents as he first made an international impression

England’s wicketkeeper Matt Prior marks the fifth anniversary of his Test debut today at the same ground and against the same opponents as he first made an international impression. Stephan Shemilt, writing for bbc.co.uk, says that in a span of five years, Prior has become one of the best wicketkeeper-batsman in the world.

At 43.09, Prior's batting average is the highest of any England wicketkeeper to have registered 100 victims and scored 2,000 runs, and is only bettered in world cricket by Andy Flower, Adam Gilchrist and Kumar Sangakkara, who has given up the gloves to concentrate on batting.

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