Matt Prior steps down from England duty for rest of summer due to fitness problems

Zee Media Bureau/Rajdeep Saha

New Delhi: Matt Prior has stepped down voluntarily from Test cricket for the rest of the summer due to fitness problems.

Prior is not retiring from cricket but accepts that his decision may signal the end of his international career after 79 Tests for England over a career span of seven years.

Prior stated he isn`t doing justice to himself and the team. The England Cricket Board expressed Prior`s comments through micro-blogging site Twitter.

Prior added that he sustained an Achilles that has been bothering him. He also tore his quad ahead of the first Test match at Nottingham.

Prior stated he always wanted to carry on with the pain and do his job but it has got better of him as he cannot continue with the job.

Prior`s absence opens the door for England`s one-day wicketkeeper Jos Buttler to make his Test debut in the third Test at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton on Sunday.

As Prior is set to miss the entire summer, it might well signal an end of his career for England. He had just managed to score two half centuries in the last six Test matches. He averaged just 25 in the summer. He also failed to appear in the majority of Sussex`s County Championship matches at the start of the season and played in one tour match before the series against Sri Lanka.

The problem also intensified with him intensifying his shortcomings behind the stumps too. Prior knows the Lord`s Test could have been his last and he wished luck to whoever comes at his place.

Prior has 4009 runs in Test Cricket with a batting average of 40.18. His highest score is 131* as he managed to score seven centuries.

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