Saturday, June 26, 2010

Bangladesh v England: Matt Prior aims to prove point to selectors

By Derek Pringle in Chittagong Published: 8:25PM GMT 03 March 2010

Matt Prior Prior engagement: Matt Prior will direct an reason from the England selectors if he loses wicketkeeper"s gloves for third ODI opposite Bangladesh Photo: AP

If they do, Matt Prior will direct an explanation. "To fool around in an England group is an honour and if they wish me to fool around only as a beat I will and I am assured I will do a great job," Prior said.

"But Ive worked tough at my keeping and I am keeping well, so Id similar to a reason if the gloves are taken off me. If a batsman is scoring runs or a bowler is receiving wickets, they wouldnt design to be dropped. A screw is no different."

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His keeping has softened but that misses the main point. It is not his glove work that is underneath scrutiny, but his batting, utterly his capability to see England home in only the incident he and Eoin Morgan found themselves in on Tuesday.

Morgan, who was awarded an incremental stipulate on Wednesday, was utterly shining in marshalling Englands feat in Dhaka. Prior played his piece too, with 42 off 58 balls, but he still got out at a consequential moment.

Andy Flower, Englands executive of cricket, is acid for nearby soundness and Prior fell only short.

Batting at No 6 requires a far-reaching range of strokes and nerves of steel. Nobody doubts Priors opposition suggestion but his shots underneath vigour are customarily singular to big ones in between long-off and additional cover.

It is the strike and goal approach of doing pressure, the coping of that separates the most appropriate from the rest. In a opposite context, it would have been remarkable only how think Prior was underneath compulsion when England were unresolved on for those dual last-gasp draws opposite South Africa dual months ago.

For that reason Kieswetter is not unequivocally his rival. Yes, he could be the solitary wicketkeeper in Englands 15-man patrol for the World Twenty20 in May, but he will not have replaced Prior since he is the improved batsman (they fool around opposite roles) or the improved keeper, but since someone else is seen as a improved awaiting for securing those wily run-chases.

Kieswetter has frequency done a watertight box for inclusion. In his dual general innings he could have been out for nought both times. Even in the use compare when he done a century, he was forsaken twice prior to he reached 20. Pinch-hitting is a formidable purpose and to have a career out of it you need to attain once each 3 innings, that creates Saturdays diversion critical for him.

England are penetrating to win to say their 100 per cent jot down opposite Bangladesh, but they will have to do it but their first-choice bowling attack.

Stuart Broad, who harmed his behind during his second over on Tuesday, still looked in suffering when the group arrived at their hotel, his behind stroke and bruise left hip exacerbated by the actuality the teams moody from Dhaka was behind by 3 hours.

With Ryan Sidebottom additionally taken due to a thigh injury, there is a genius in the patrol for both Ajmal Shahzad and Liam Plunkett to fool around should England lapse to a change of 3 pacemen and one spinner.

England need to have a preference on their harmed span by the week end if they are to fly in replacements and get them acclimatised in time for the initial Test, a week on Saturday.

Yet, whatever they decide, in that courtesy or even with the change of the side for the last ODI, Shahzad looks sure to have his general entrance that in itself is a delight over injury.

England (probable): AN Cook (Capt), C Kieswetter, KP Pietersen, PD Collingwood, EG Morgan, MJ Prior (wk), L Wright, GP Swann, TT Bresnan, JC Tredwell, A Shahzad.


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