England news June 9, 2011

Prior felt 'stupid' after breaking window

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Matt Prior has admitted he felt "stupid" for smashing a window in the Lord's dressing room during the final day against Sri Lanka but insisted it was entirely accidental and no malice was involved.

The incident occurred after Prior was run out for 4 and had returned to the dressing room where he said his bat slipped rather than there being any huge outburst of frustration at his dismissal. The glass that fell down into the pavilion below, cutting one female spectator on the ankle, but Prior apologised before taking the field a short while later.

As far as MCC and the ECB were concerned that was the end of the matter, but the ICC reprimanded Prior after he was reported to Javagal Srinath, the match referee, by the umpires. Prior accepted they were just following protocol and his feelings are now more of embarrassment.

"Every time I looked up at the pavilion during Sri Lanka's second innings, I just saw this big broken window and I felt stupid more than anything else," he told the Evening Standard. "When you make a scene like that, you're thinking, 'Oh no, what are people going to say?' It didn't look good, obviously, and I'd just been run out, but people were putting two and two together and coming up with five, seven, nine and 10.

"It wasn't a case of being angry that I'd got out. The situation of the game was to try to score as quickly as possible, so it wasn't like I was run out on 99. It was a complete accident and there was no more or less to it than that. It looks awful, terrible: run out, then a smashed window, but it was a complete freak accident."

Although Prior scored a superb 126 in England's first innings, to help them recover from 22 for 3, it developed into a tricky Test for the wicketkeeper with the home side's wayward bowling giving him a hard job behind the stumps. He conceded 32 byes in the match - 25 of those in the first innings - although many weren't his fault and could have been called wide.

"I'm very proud of my keeping and I didn't feel I was keeping badly, so when you see the byes racking up, there is an element of frustration," he said. "But it was only through wanting to do well for the team and the goals I've set myself but not enough to warrant going into the dressing room and smashing a window."

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  • on June 12, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    Its funny because hes from the england cricket team and obviously like many other situations got away with it..(other people like broad, prior, flintoff).. But if someone from the subcontintent team did this obviously it would BE A BIG DEAL and then they'll slap em with a fine... its just funny... thats all..

  • InsideHedge on June 10, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    He probably threw something in the direction of the window but clearly without the intention of breaking the window. The idea that no-one would be upset at getting out and never throw some kit around is ridiculous. The best part of this incident is that a woman suffered some minor cuts, lessons can be learned from what did NOT occur. A minor cut could have been a tragedy if the broken glass flew into her eye. The glass is clearly not strong enough. It's now been removed. Without advanced planning. Let's hope the MCC replace it with a toughened version that's applicable for a cricket ground. That would be called planning.

  • gudolerhum on June 10, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    The more one tries to avoid the truth the worse it looks. If he hit the window with his bat then say so. Not the first time it has happened to someone, won't be the last. There is no way I can imagine a 'gentle' tap of a bat slipping and striking the glass would be likely to shatter it. If that could happen, Lords is responsible for having totally unsuitable glass in its windows and the glass should all be replaced. I believe the galss presently in place is far stronger than is being made out. Come on face the facts.

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    Who cares? Seriously who cares? And if you do...why?

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    Bad behaviour simple as that

  • popcorn on June 10, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    It is shocking that Michael Atherton dismisses this offence saying he too has done it in the past and the matter should be closed. Pommie, why didn't you stand up IN FAIRNESS, when Ricky Ponting was taken to the guillotine for an act in the dressing room, damaging the TV set? And here, Michael Atherton and Andrew Stauss think nothing of an act that injured a female spectator? Grow up, Poms.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 10, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Well, none of us saw what happened and I doubt there were witnesses...so who are we to whine and cringe and call for bans and fines? Some people have started the whole "if he was from the subcontinent" issue....15 yrs ago I would be furious also but hey..who runs world cricket again? Where is the match referee from?

  • DaveS99 on June 10, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    Didn't any of the people commenting here see the pictures of the bats propped up against the window? Not a great place to store bats. Nobody has asked why the windows aren't made of toughened glass. It may cost more but in areas where straight sixes are hit wouldn't it be a good idea?

  • MaxG9 on June 10, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    His bat slipped when he was doing what? Just holding it or waving it about? In what direction was he holding it? Did it hit the row of bats stacked under the window? Were parts of these bats lying against the lower part of the window? Someone says a glove was thrown against the bats? Is this true? Was it thrown in anger & with such force to make the bat/bats leap up/against & smash the window?

    These are the questions that the match referee should have asked for the explanation to be credible. The window is quite high & the extent of damage quite large. Unless a poltergeist suddenly crept into one of the bats!

  • Shammi68 on June 10, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    It would have been an accident if Prior came running into the changing room and stepped on some stumps somebody had carelessly left in the middle of the room and skated all the way to the stack of bats leaning against the window pane!!!But that is not what happened, did it? Why do people find it so hard to own up to their actions? Maybe Prior will do an Anthony Wiener and come clean in a couple of weeks.

  • on June 12, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    Its funny because hes from the england cricket team and obviously like many other situations got away with it..(other people like broad, prior, flintoff).. But if someone from the subcontintent team did this obviously it would BE A BIG DEAL and then they'll slap em with a fine... its just funny... thats all..

  • InsideHedge on June 10, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    He probably threw something in the direction of the window but clearly without the intention of breaking the window. The idea that no-one would be upset at getting out and never throw some kit around is ridiculous. The best part of this incident is that a woman suffered some minor cuts, lessons can be learned from what did NOT occur. A minor cut could have been a tragedy if the broken glass flew into her eye. The glass is clearly not strong enough. It's now been removed. Without advanced planning. Let's hope the MCC replace it with a toughened version that's applicable for a cricket ground. That would be called planning.

  • gudolerhum on June 10, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    The more one tries to avoid the truth the worse it looks. If he hit the window with his bat then say so. Not the first time it has happened to someone, won't be the last. There is no way I can imagine a 'gentle' tap of a bat slipping and striking the glass would be likely to shatter it. If that could happen, Lords is responsible for having totally unsuitable glass in its windows and the glass should all be replaced. I believe the galss presently in place is far stronger than is being made out. Come on face the facts.

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    Who cares? Seriously who cares? And if you do...why?

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    Bad behaviour simple as that

  • popcorn on June 10, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    It is shocking that Michael Atherton dismisses this offence saying he too has done it in the past and the matter should be closed. Pommie, why didn't you stand up IN FAIRNESS, when Ricky Ponting was taken to the guillotine for an act in the dressing room, damaging the TV set? And here, Michael Atherton and Andrew Stauss think nothing of an act that injured a female spectator? Grow up, Poms.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 10, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Well, none of us saw what happened and I doubt there were witnesses...so who are we to whine and cringe and call for bans and fines? Some people have started the whole "if he was from the subcontinent" issue....15 yrs ago I would be furious also but hey..who runs world cricket again? Where is the match referee from?

  • DaveS99 on June 10, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    Didn't any of the people commenting here see the pictures of the bats propped up against the window? Not a great place to store bats. Nobody has asked why the windows aren't made of toughened glass. It may cost more but in areas where straight sixes are hit wouldn't it be a good idea?

  • MaxG9 on June 10, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    His bat slipped when he was doing what? Just holding it or waving it about? In what direction was he holding it? Did it hit the row of bats stacked under the window? Were parts of these bats lying against the lower part of the window? Someone says a glove was thrown against the bats? Is this true? Was it thrown in anger & with such force to make the bat/bats leap up/against & smash the window?

    These are the questions that the match referee should have asked for the explanation to be credible. The window is quite high & the extent of damage quite large. Unless a poltergeist suddenly crept into one of the bats!

  • Shammi68 on June 10, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    It would have been an accident if Prior came running into the changing room and stepped on some stumps somebody had carelessly left in the middle of the room and skated all the way to the stack of bats leaning against the window pane!!!But that is not what happened, did it? Why do people find it so hard to own up to their actions? Maybe Prior will do an Anthony Wiener and come clean in a couple of weeks.

  • notvery on June 10, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    @jim1207 Yes a small mistake...often called an accident... so youve never had an accident...

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 10, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    Double standard of ICC. If any one from sub continent or WI, they will be banned for at least 1 game.

  • Jim1207 on June 10, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    Accidents happen because some one has done at least a small mistake :-) Accidents do not happen just like that, it has a cause and consequence. Looks like Matt was practicing flinging his shirt like Ganguly and it flew out of his hand to hit the window. A small mischief really.

  • Nampally on June 10, 2011, 0:35 GMT

    I would term it as immature & irresponsible behavior rather than "freak accident". One has to be careful when taking out his frustration on glass especially when there are spectators below.This demands a fine if not suspension. You are expected to be a role model. What sort of model are you Mr. Prior? When sportsmen are over paid they do not think of consequences of their actions.

  • notvery on June 10, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    @Prash Smith... what about if someone hit a ball and it hit someone in the crowd... ohhh nooooooos...better ban people from playing cricket just incase. get over it. accidents happen... not an issue. he will probably feel like an idiot everytime he goes to lords and that would be worse than any fine or other punishment the administrators could give him. maybe lords should be sued for not having safety glass in all the windows and not providing every spectator with special suits of armour that can withstand a bear attack... regents park zoo is just down the road after all!

  • on June 9, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    Matt, u r a champion player and 1 of the emerging stars of world cricket. And I just like u among all the wicket-keepers playing currently. Accident happens. So no worries. Thats y it is called an accident...

  • ThirdSlip on June 9, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    So what exactly happened? Instead of relating the events, he just keeps saying why it looks terrible and could be misunderstood. "... it was a complete freak accident." Sure son, so tell us what happened.

  • 5wombats on June 9, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    He he he! Someone give him The Ponting Award please.... :-)

  • vimalkm on June 9, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    Lol, ok how naive does Mr. Prior think we are?? Yes he might not have wanted to break the window BUT he must have thrown the bat at frustration pity it hit the window :)

  • on June 9, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    What would have happened if that falling glass fell on someones head, cutting their head or potentially going in their eyes? Calling it a "non-issue" shows no understanding of what could have happened. He was lucky someone didn't have more than a cut ankle. Perhaps next time Prior could restrain his "glove throwing" and not aim it at a stack of bats near a window.

  • on June 9, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    My empathies, Matt. It's more unfortunate that a virtual non-issue got blown out of proportion.

  • on June 9, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Matt Prior is a Ricky Ponting Wannabe

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  • on June 9, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Matt Prior is a Ricky Ponting Wannabe

  • on June 9, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    My empathies, Matt. It's more unfortunate that a virtual non-issue got blown out of proportion.

  • on June 9, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    What would have happened if that falling glass fell on someones head, cutting their head or potentially going in their eyes? Calling it a "non-issue" shows no understanding of what could have happened. He was lucky someone didn't have more than a cut ankle. Perhaps next time Prior could restrain his "glove throwing" and not aim it at a stack of bats near a window.

  • vimalkm on June 9, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    Lol, ok how naive does Mr. Prior think we are?? Yes he might not have wanted to break the window BUT he must have thrown the bat at frustration pity it hit the window :)

  • 5wombats on June 9, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    He he he! Someone give him The Ponting Award please.... :-)

  • ThirdSlip on June 9, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    So what exactly happened? Instead of relating the events, he just keeps saying why it looks terrible and could be misunderstood. "... it was a complete freak accident." Sure son, so tell us what happened.

  • on June 9, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    Matt, u r a champion player and 1 of the emerging stars of world cricket. And I just like u among all the wicket-keepers playing currently. Accident happens. So no worries. Thats y it is called an accident...

  • notvery on June 10, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    @Prash Smith... what about if someone hit a ball and it hit someone in the crowd... ohhh nooooooos...better ban people from playing cricket just incase. get over it. accidents happen... not an issue. he will probably feel like an idiot everytime he goes to lords and that would be worse than any fine or other punishment the administrators could give him. maybe lords should be sued for not having safety glass in all the windows and not providing every spectator with special suits of armour that can withstand a bear attack... regents park zoo is just down the road after all!

  • Nampally on June 10, 2011, 0:35 GMT

    I would term it as immature & irresponsible behavior rather than "freak accident". One has to be careful when taking out his frustration on glass especially when there are spectators below.This demands a fine if not suspension. You are expected to be a role model. What sort of model are you Mr. Prior? When sportsmen are over paid they do not think of consequences of their actions.

  • Jim1207 on June 10, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    Accidents happen because some one has done at least a small mistake :-) Accidents do not happen just like that, it has a cause and consequence. Looks like Matt was practicing flinging his shirt like Ganguly and it flew out of his hand to hit the window. A small mischief really.