Wednesday 6 June 2012 

England Call Up Davies To Cover For Matthew Prior

England Call Up Davies To Cover For Matthew Prior
England Call Up Davies To Cover For Matthew Prior
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Uncapped Surrey wicket-keeper Steven Davies has been added to England's Test squad as cover for Matthew Prior ahead of the third and final match against the West Indies.

He joins up with the squad at Edgbaston as Prior has an eye infection and is a doubt for the match, which England go into 2-0 up.

He has played eight One-Day Internationals and was Prior's reserve for recent tours to Sri Lanka, the United Arab Emirates and Australia.

The 26-year-old left-hander moved from Worcestershire to Surrey ahead of the 2010 season, having made his international debut in a Twenty20 match against in 2009 against the West Indies in Trinidad.

He replaced an injured Prior during the ICC Champions Trophy in 2009 although subsequently fell behind Craig Kieswetter in the limited overs line-up.

Prior will face a fitness test on the morning of the match, which will allow Davies to return to Horsham, where he has been in action for Surrey against Sussex.

For Surrey this season, he has scored 273 runs at an average of 27.3 in first-class cricket but has clearly long been identified as Prior's understudy in the longest format of the game.

England are not short of talented wicket-keepers to call on with Kieswetter, Jonathan Bairstow and Jos Buttler having also been picked, although Bairstow and Buttler have both played as specialist batsmen.

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