Matt Prior was distraught when he was out of the England team for periods of time, however he worked very hard to get back into the side and is now first choice wicket keeper batsmen for the national side and is hoping to make a big impact with the other new players in the Ashes 2009:
“Hopefully the new players can make a big impact, me being one of them," he told Cricket World TV. “It's going to be a big series for everyone," he added.
These new players will have huge support when the series kicks off on July 8th, with the whole of the country right behind the team as cricket begins to draw more and more interest in Britain. Prior, speaking to Cricket World, spoke of the support he has been getting from the general public:
“To be part of something that the whole country is behind is absolutely fantastic,” he said.
“Speaking to the guys that have experienced it (the crowd's support) plays a huge role.”
Although there is increased interest in this series, as there always is for an Ashes match up, Prior explained how, despite the intensity of an Ashes series, the players will be treating it as just another game of cricket and will be trying to play as naturally as they possibly can and he maintains that the players will not be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the five Test matches:
“It's important to remember the game doesn't change. It's still a game of cricket, it's still a ball coming down at you or you bowling at a batter. From my point of view, that's how I try to keep it in my head.”
Prior's keeping has often been criticised when he has played for England in the past, but Prior revealed that it is not just his keeping that benefits from standing behind the stumps for so many overs, his batting is helped as well:
“Recently, I've played a few games for Sussex and I was in the field and I found it took a bit longer to get used to what the ball was doing and what the wicket was doing because you've not had the opportunity beforehand to see what's going on.”
Be it batting or keeping, Matt Prior will have a massive role to play if England are going to win back the Ashes this summer.
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