Prior steps down from Test cricket for rest of the summer

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

First published in Sport

England and Sussex wicketkeeper Matt Prior has stood down from Test cricket for the rest of the summer due to injury.

Under-fire England captain Alastair Cook had jumped to Prior's defence after his side lost the second Test at Lord’sby 95 runs today.

Prior received criticism for a reckless shot as England collapsed from 173-4 shortly after lunch to 223 all out before tea.

Cook said: "Matt’s got a serious amount of talent, he’s been a fantastic player for England. He’s desperate to carry on playing and at the moment I think he’s the best wicketkeeper-batsman in the country."

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