World-class Prior saves England

Andrew McGlashan hails Matt Prior's match-saving innings in Auckland, while Firdose Moonda reviews AB de Villiers' summer (00:00)

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 26, 2013

Posted by   on (March 28, 2013, 2:31 GMT)

De Villiers is one of the best batsman in the World and he should be left to concentrate on his batting. His keeping is not good enough and with his bad back he is threatening the length of his career. England made the same mistake with Alec Stewart in the 1990s when they turned one of the their best batsman into a keeper and as a result scored a lot fewer runs than he should have done.

The reason Matt Prior is so good is not only the number of the runs he scores but when he scores them and how fast he scores them. Whenever England are in a tight spot he always puts his hand up and when the run rate needs increasing he always plays selflessly. It is just a shame England don't make full use of his all round ability by batting him at six so they can play a bowling all rounder at 7. That would make England a much better balanced side but Andy Flower doesn't want any of it. It stops a very good team from being potentially great.

Posted by Trickstar on (March 27, 2013, 21:23 GMT)

No what is hilarious is ABV's wicketkeeping, particularly to spin bowling but also in general he fumbles the ball and drops catches far too much for an international Test keeper. Like below me has already said he is nothing more than makeshift option, who would be better served in Test matches returning to batting only. As a package Prior is the best keeper batman in the world at present, he's the 2nd best pure batman and 2nd best pure keeper behind Prasanna. As a batsman alone he averages 45 @ a strike rate of 63 which are awesome numbers especially that strike rate and he would get into most sides as a specialist batsman.

I'm not sure what keeping for the best Test team has to do with things, Sangakkara is one of the best batsmen in the world and he plays for a 5th ranked side.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

hey john ...u obviously support england and would like to see south africa weakened....maybe they should drop AB altogether....

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 16:18 GMT)

That is because de Villiers has a bad back and isn't a very good wicketkeeper. Being a batsman-wicketkeeper is a balance between the two skills. On balance Prior is the best wicketkeeper batsman in the World. On the other hand the best specialist wicketkeeper in the World is Prasanna Jayawardene.

De Villiers is a makeshift option and South Africa should pick a proper batsman-wicketkeeper.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

So the third best batsman in the world isn't as good a wicket-keeper batsman as Matt Prior even though he keeps for the best Test team in the world? Hilarious.

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