Prior calls time on cricket career


Former England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has announced that he is retiring from all forms of professional cricket due to medical advice.

The Sussex gloveman played in 79 Test matches for the Three Lions scoring more than 4000 runs with an outstanding average of 40.18. He played in the Ashes series victories in 2009 and 2013, at home, and 2011 in Australia.

Although not a regular in the limited-overs format for England, Prior did play 68 ODI's and scored three half-centuries. He has been sidelined for the last year with a Achilles injury.

The 33 year-old Prior said a statement: "Today is a very sad day for me as I am forced to announce my retirement from the game I love. I had been hoping and expecting to be fit for the start of the 2015 season.

"Unfortunately, this has proved impossible, and I have now had to reach this decision.I feel honoured to have played for Sussex and England as many times as I have and shared so many great times with both teams.

"I also feel privileged to have been involved in an era of such success for English cricket. I would like to thank my family, team-mates, coaches and the people behind the scenes that have supported me throughout the years.

"I have created friendships that will last forever. It would also be remiss of me not to thank the fantastic support I have had from cricket fans both at home and abroad.

"I have always tried to play with pride and passion and have a deep belief that the team will always come first, a value that will never leave me whatever I go on to do.

"Although I haven't achieved all the goals I had set out to, I feel immensely proud of what I have done in my career. Sadly it is now time to move on."