PLAYER PROFILE

Matt Prior, Wicket keeper, England


ENGLAND


Name
Matthew James Prior

Country
England

Date of Birth
February 26, 2022

Place of Birth
Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa

Batting Style
Right Handed

Bowling Style
-

ODI Debut
December 5, 2021 v Zimbabwe

Test Debut
May 17, 2022 v West Indies

T20 Debut
June 28, 2021 v West Indies

  • TESTs
  • ODIs
  • T20s
Coming in at number seven, Matt Prior struck a scintillating century on his debut Test laced with 16 boundaries at the dream venue for Test cricket - Lord's. He became the first wicketkeeper for England to strike a ton on his debut and he followed it up with a knock of 76 in the following Test. With such a blazing start, the fans and media alike were quick to label him as Alec Stewart's replacement. But big expectations led to a bigger fall and Prior's horizon too came crashing down as the quality of his keeping plummeted as the series went on.

Keeping on the subcontinent pitches needs quick reflexes and footwork as the bounce is generally low. Prior found it difficult to get going and dropped many catches of India's Test stars. He failed with the bat too and even failed to score a half-century for the rest of the summer. Prior put some adhesive innings in England's tour to Sri Lanka but his failure behind the stumps took the sheen off his show with the bat. Prior got his name in the history books when he took six catches against South Africa in an ODI at Trent Bridge and became only the second Englishman to achieve that feat.

He has also shared a fair bit of success at the domestic level by being part of Sussex's three County Championship-winning teams in 2003, 2006, and 2007. Prior was later called back for the five-match Test series in the Caribbean islands. He skipped the fourth Test to be with his wife as she delivered their first child. The baby boy proved to be a lucky mascot as upon his arrival he stroked an effortless century during which he added 218 for the fifth wicket with Paul Collingwood and finished unbeaten on 131. However, his glove work continued to struggle and he conceded 52 runs in the Test, setting a new but an unwanted record.

Alec Stewart, who now mentors Prior, allowed England to field a balanced team by batting at six and if Prior shows improvement with his job behind the stumps, then the number six position will be snapped by him.

TESTs BATTING vs ALL TEAMS
M
INN
NO
Runs
HS
100s
50s
Avg
SR
31
49
8
1662
131*
2
14
40.54
62.95
TESTs BOWLING vs ALL TEAMS
M
Overs
Runs
Mdns
Wkts
Avg
Best
Econ