England news June 9, 2011

Prior felt 'stupid' after breaking window

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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..

  • Sanjay 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.

  • Douglas 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.

  • Dummy4 on June 10, 2011, 13:37 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on June 10, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    Bad behaviour simple as that

  • Rajaram 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.

  • Dre 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?

  • Dave 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?

  • Max 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!

  • Subhash 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.

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