Prior rules himself out for the summer

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England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has withdrawn his services for the rest of the English summer due to injury, saying he was not doing the team, or himself, any good by staying and would undergo Achilles surgery.

England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has withdrawn his services for the rest of the English summer due to injury, saying he was not doing the team, or himself, any good by staying and would undergo Achilles surgery.

Calls for Prior to be dropped after the second Test defeat at Lord's were loud, given he conceded 36 byes, dropped a number of catches and failed twice with the bat. But he'd been struggling before that, and he said it was time to fix his injuries.

Prior told the <i>Mirror</i>: "I'm not doing justice to myself and more importantly the team and that is what matters first and foremost. I tore my quad before the first Test and my right hand has been beaten to a pulp, but the main issue is the Achilles.

"Now we have the time, I want to be pro-active about how we deal with it so I imagine that I'll have an operation. I've always said as long as I can do my job I will manage the pain and get on with it, but it has now got to the point where I can't do my job to the level I expect of myself.

"It is a huge decision and not one I've taken lightly obviously because I could have played my last game. Playing for England is the greatest honour you can have in the game and that is my motivation to come back and try and play again in the best possible condition.

"I've made my decision for the good of the team and whoever comes in I genuinely wish them the best of luck and hope they go well and perform and help the team win. That is all I want."

Prior's withdrawal seemed to come from his own volition as captain Alastair Cook said after the match that Prior would have a place for as long as he wanted it, despite his poor form. The new development has opened the door for Jos Buttler's call up, or Jonny Bairstow's recall.

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