Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Matt Prior hungry and ready to play for England

Matt Prior is hungry and ready to play for England, says his coach Mark Robinson a day before the England team for the first Test match against Sri Lanka starting on June 12.

Robbo came into the press box at Hove to while away some time as he waited to be interviewed by BBC's Kevin Howell. So what did everyone think, he asked assembled journos. Would Prior get the nod?

General consensus was that Prior was short of time in the middle both with the bat and gloves and his keeping in this match against Notts had been a bit ropey.

This is a difficult ground to keep at because sometimes the ball comes through and other times it doesn't he said and Chris Read hadn't exactly covered himself in glory.

Ideally he would have had more time in the ring, Robbo conceded but he was ready mentally and hungry. He was also unlikely to break down once he started, he added.

We questioned him on how he could be so confident and he said he had been working especially hard this past week and had passed all sorts of tests set by Bruce French, the England keeping coach and by diving around the wicket.

He might be up against a move to change the guard, removing tired old England players (our words) with fresh young ones (ie Jos Buttler). Peter Moores might be a fan of changing the guard we felt but Robbo wasn't sure. It was a strong promo for Prior but we pointed out that we weren't the ones who needed convincing!! We'll see what happens tomorrow?

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