Matt Prior urges England to build legacy

Matt Prior said he is determined to make comeback in limited overs cricket © Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff


London: Oct 18, 2011


Wicketkeeper Matt Prior has urged England to maintain the same momentum and said his side should go on to dominate Test cricket like Australia and West Indies did earlier.


Prior said, “We want to be a team that stays at the top for as long as possible and that just isn’t considered an overnight flutter.”


England, led by Andrew Strauss have been impeccable in their wins over Australia Down Under, and India, beating the former table-toppers 4-0 to become the world’s best ranked Test side.


29-year-old Prior has played a significant part in their success, scoring three centuries batting at number seven or eight in his last eight Tests.


“You had the West Indies team in the 80s and the Aussies in the 90s. It would be great if people spoke about us like that. That would be phenomenal. Building a legacy is something we want to do. That’s the next step for us, to make sure that we just don’t get there and then drop off,” he said.


Prior said England have a very good pool of players who want to perform well consistently, and are very well aware of complacency.


“I think that we have a very good nucleus of players who want to do that and aren’t the type to get complacent. We will continue pushing as a team and also pushing each other forward and making sure that no one rests sits back.


“We want to be a team that stays at the top for as long as possible and that just isn’t considered an overnight flutter. It’s one of our big goals and I am sure we will manage to do it,” he was quoted by Sky Sports.


The right-handed wicketkeeper batsman is England’s first choice in Test cricket, but when it comes to one-day cricket, he faces stiff competition from South Africa-born Craig Kieswetter and now, Jonathan Bairstow.


“Of course I want to win back that ODI spot. Whenever you see England playing you want to be part of that team and I want to be keeping wicket for whichever team walks out on the pitch. It’s great to see young guys coming in and doing well, but I think it’s important not to get too carried away,” he said.


“Johnny Bairstow is obviously a very talented player and he has come in and had a great innings, but there is a long way to go. I will be pushing hard and hopefully one day they will turn around and give me another go,” he added.