Matt Prior

Country: England
Born: February 26, 1982, Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa
Height: 5ft 11in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Playing role: Wicketkeeper Batter

Matt Prior Bio

Matthew James Prior, commonly known as Matt Prior, is a former cricketer from England who represented his country at the highest level. Born on February 26, 1982, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Prior moved to England at a young age and quickly rose through the ranks to establish himself as a skilled wicketkeeper-batsman.

Prior made his debut for Sussex in 2001, at the age of 19, and displayed immense talent and potential from the beginning. His performances caught the attention of the national selectors, and he was selected to tour Zimbabwe with the England one-day squad in November 2004. Although he played in only one match during the tour, Prior showcased his batting skills by scoring 35 runs.

In 2005-06, Prior earned a place in England’s winter squads for the tours of Pakistan and India. However, he struggled to make an impact in the limited-overs matches and faced difficulty in finding a permanent spot in the team. Despite facing setbacks, Prior’s determination and hard work paid off when he was called up to the Test side for the start of Peter Moores’ coaching tenure in 2007.

Prior made an immediate impact, becoming the first England wicketkeeper to score a century on debut with an unbeaten 126 at Lord’s. He followed this up with a solid performance of 75 runs at Headingley, firmly establishing himself as England’s first-choice wicketkeeper-batsman. While his batting prowess was evident, Prior faced criticism for his keeping skills during the early stages of his career.

However, he worked tirelessly to improve his skills behind the stumps and quickly silenced his critics with stellar performances. Prior played a crucial role in England’s Ashes triumphs in 2009 and 2010-11, providing valuable contributions with both the bat and the gloves. His ability to shift the momentum of the game through aggressive batting and the ability to take spectacular catches and stumpings made him an integral part of the team.

Despite his success in Test cricket, Prior struggled to replicate the same level of performance in the limited-overs format. His batting average of below 25 and a strike rate of 76 in One Day Internationals were disappointing for a player of his caliber. Nonetheless, Prior’s contributions in Test cricket made him one of the most effective wicketkeeper-batsmen in the world during his prime.

Prior’s reputation reached its peak during England’s tour of New Zealand in 2013. He played a match-saving innings of 110 not out in the final Test, epitomizing England’s fighting spirit. His performances throughout the series earned him the Player of the Year award and the vice-captaincy for the Ashes tour of Australia in 2013-14.

Unfortunately, back-to-back Ashes tours proved to be difficult for Prior, as his form and keeping standards dipped significantly. He was dropped for the final two Tests in Australia and faced uncertainty regarding his Test career. Prior’s long-standing Achilles problems severely hampered his performances, and he underwent a subsequent operation that revealed extensive damage.

Realizing that his first-class career might not be salvageable, Prior made the tough decision to retire from cricket in June 2015. He shifted his focus to forming a professional cycling team, a decision that proved to be a shrewd move. Throughout his career, Prior portrayed a never-give-up attitude and displayed resilience in the face of adversity.

Matthew James Prior will always be remembered as a key contributor to England’s rise in the Test rankings. His aggressive batting style, combined with his skillful wicketkeeping, made him an important figure in the team’s success. Although he faced challenges and setbacks, Prior’s contributions to English cricket remain significant, and his legacy as one of England’s finest wicketkeeper-batsmen will endure.

Matt Prior Career Stats

Matt Prior Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 79 123 21 4099 131* 40.18 6647 61.66 7 28 492 16 243 13
T20Is 10 8 2 127 32 21.16 100 127 0 0 11 5 6 3
ODIs 68 62 9 1282 87 24.18 1670 76.76 0 3 141 6 71 8
FC 249 381 44 13228 201* 39.25 19785 66.85 28 75 - - 642 41
List A 222 204 18 5072 144 27.26 - - 4 28 - - 187 31
T20s 84 78 5 1906 117 26.1 1327 143.63 1 11 221 55 46 6

Matt Prior Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 79 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 10 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 68 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 249 - 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
List A 222 - 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
T20s 84 - - - - - - - - - - - -

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