June 6, 2012

English cricket

Matt Prior could fill void left by Pietersen

Carlyle Laurie

Tom Collomosse, writing for the London Evening Standard, says that Matt Prior would be an ideal replacement for Kevin Pietersen who announced his retirement from limited-overs cricket recently.

The answer is right in front of the England selectors. Prior performs so consistently with both bat and gloves in Test cricket, where he averages 42 with a strike rate of 65. The Sussex man is predominantly a front-foot player who likes to drive through cover, but he can be effective on both sides of the wicket. His game seems ideal for the shorter forms of the game, which is why his modest record from his 68 one-day internationals is strange.

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