Matt Prior has been setting the Friends Provident t20 competition alight with his recent batting performances for reigning champions Sussex Sharks, and he has been buoyed further with the news that he will be able to keep wicket again from the beginning of next week.
Prior, who smashed 117 from 55 balls as the Sharks cruised past Glamorgan Dragons on Wednesday, has not been keeping wicket for Sussex recently as a precautionary measure after further injury to his right hand following the Second Test between England and Bangladesh.
Cricket Performance Manager Mark Robinson said “The medical team have given him the all clear so he’s going to be keeping wicket again soon, possibly from early next week. This will further his chances to regain his place in the England one-day setup”.
“We’ve been fortunate in the sense that we have two wicket-keepers in the side with Andy Hodd and not forgetting that Brendon McCullum who has been with us is another International keeper”, he added. “Matt is determined to win back his one-day spot with England though and he will only do that keeping wicket for Sussex”.
Prior received a boost earlier this week when McCullum, who has been opening the batting with him in the FP t20, admitted his surprise that the Test keeper wasn’t playing one-day cricket for England and said he felt it would only be a matter of time before he regained his place.
Prior’s knock on Wednesday was his maiden t20 ton, and the highest score in the competition by a Sussex batsman. It was the eighth win out of nine for the Sharks and they are sitting pretty at the top of the FP t20 South Group.
They continue their defence of the FP t20 this evening against Somerset at Taunton before returning to Hove to take on Kent Spitfires on Sunday (6.00pm start). To book tickets call 0844 264 0206 or log on to www.sussexcricket.co.uk