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England`s Prior surprised by World Cup inclusion

Hobart: England wicketkeeper Matt Prior said he felt like he had "come home again" after he was unexpectedly included in England`s 15-man squad for next month`s Cricket World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The selectors on Wednesday chose Prior for the Feb 19-Apr 2 event ahead of Steve Davies, who featured in England`s squad for the ongoing seven ODI series against Australia.

"I got the phone call from (England coach) Andy (Flower). I wasn`t expecting it," Prior told reporters on Thursday.

"I`ve loved every second since rejoining the squad. It feels like I`ve come home again so I`m really happy."

The 28-year-old Prior, who played the last of his 55 one-day internationals against Bangladesh in March 2010, will join the England squad ahead of Friday`s second ODI against Australia in Hobart.

"I`m a very different player to the guy that opened the batting for England in one-day cricket however many years ago," the right-handed batsman said.

"I always seem to get off to good starts, it was probably just having that experience that I didn`t have at the time to then go on and make that match-winning score.”

"I think (Andrew) Strauss and I will form a pretty good partnership.”

Bureau Report