Kevin Pietersen's retirement will be a loss for England: Matt Prior

Kevin Pietersen has already retired from limited-overs international cricket Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Aug 10, 2012

Wicket-keeper Matt Prior admitted that Kevin s Pietersen s retirement from Test cricket would be a huge loss for England.

“That would be a huge loss and a sad loss but the important thing for this team would be that whoever takes his places comes in and all 11 of us are pulling in the same direction. That s what makes this England team a good one,” Prior was quoted as saying by the Telegraph.

Prior was in awe of Pietersen s innings of 149 against South Africa in the second Test.

“Kev will make Kev s decision. But when you look at the innings he played yesterday why wouldn t you want him in your team? Of course you want him in your dressing room, of course you want him to play those knocks, that goes without saying,” Prior said.

Prior believed the way Pietersen was batting, South Africa would have wanted him in their team.

“I don t have a clue what Kev is going to do. All I can say is he s a freak, he s an unbelievable batter. To play that innings he did yesterday was fantastic. My God, you want him in your team. There were stages yesterday when South Africa wanted him in their team because he s a great player,” he concluded.

Kevin Pietersen hinted at retirement by announcing after the second Test against South Africa that the third Test of the series could be his last. Kevin Pietersen has already announced retirement from limited-overs cricket.