Tuesday 25 January 2011 by Andrew Driscoll

England dealt further injury blow as Matt Prior declared completely fit


After spin bowler Graham Swann returned home with injury, England were today dealt a further injury blow as Matt Prior was declared fit for the rest of the one-day series with Australia.

Fitness tests have shown that the Wicketkeeper and opening batsman Prior is fully fit and expects to play in the remaining four One-Day Internationals against Australia, as well as the upcoming World Cup.

Prior, who had stayed true to his form scoring a massive zero runs in six balls in the two ODI’s he’s appeared in during the current series, chose not to dwell on the bad news.

He told reporters, “Yes, my fitness is bad news for England’s batting line up, but I play a vital role.”

“Getting me out tires the opening bowlers, sometimes for half an over or more, and I’m the only wicketkeeper in the squad – so if you’re expecting a change, tough luck, basically.”

Graham Swann injured

the England team’s coaches have defended Prior’s selection, praising his formidable record of two fifties and zero hundreds in his fifty-seven one day appearances so far.

Andy Flower was quoted as saying “Very few of the squad can reach Matty’s level of consistency, and when you send him out to bat you know exactly what you’re going to get from him – which is great as a coach.”

“When you look at our batting line up, there are very few players you can confidently predict a score for – but Matty is definitely the exception.”

“Plus, he’s the latest in a proud English cricketing tradition of being born in South Africa, so with credentials like that, he’s always going to be first on the team sheet.”

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