Prior will leave a massive void - Joe Root
England's young batting star Joe Root has stated that outgoing wicket-keeper batsman Matt Prior will leave a huge vacuum in the side after the latter announced his retirement on Thursday.
Reflecting on Prior’s enviable England career, the 24-year-old was all praise for the veteran’s commitment and enthusiasm to the game.
“I think he’ll leave a massive void in the team,” said Root.
“Three-times Ashes winner and helped England get to no.1 in the world.
“He gave absolutely everything for the badge and rest of the team.
“It’s going to be a big loss for the team.”
Root was heaped words of appreciation on his senior player, who had provided good guidance to him during his initial days in the team.
Always known for his infectiously positive character, Prior’s energy was something Root felt added a lot to the England team.
“From a personal point of view he made me feel comfortable when I got into the side.
“He’s a great bloke to have around in the dressing room and a great player too.
“He’s a great role model for guys coming into the team like myself.”
For a wicket-keeper fitness is of utmost concern and Prior always made it a point to preserve himself in line with the demands of the cramped schedule - something that Root has deep admiration for.
England’s vice-captain opined that Prior’s contribution and dedication to the game was an ideal example for any aspiring cricketer to follow.
“He always worked hard on his fitness and like I said he gave his everything for the team.
“For me to see someone go about his business the way he did was a great introduction to international cricket.”
Prior's Test batting average of 40.18 remains the highest for an England wicket-keeper with more than 100 dismissals and the fourth highest overall behind Kumar Sangakkara, Andy Flower and Adam Gilchrist.
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