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England's wicketkeeper- batsman Matt Prior announces his retirement
Matt Prior has been one of the most contributing wicketkeeper-batsmen in the history of the international game. Thus his retirement on medical grounds is really a big shock for countless fans. Prior had played the last of his 79 Tests for England in last summer's Test Match against India at Lord's.
Henceforth, he will be badly missed from all formats of the game. Announcing this, Prior, the wicketkeeper of Sussex and England, as reported by Guardian said "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."

Prior, before leaving the arena had contributed 4,099 Test runs and 256 Test dismissals to his name in his 79 test stint. He stands behind only Alan Knott in the list of England wicket-keepers in Test cricket, ninth in the all-time world list, and he also has to his credit further 88 dismissals in one-day and T20 international cricket.

Prior said in a statement "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."

Matt Prior had his country debut in the year 2001 when he was just 19 for Sussex and helped Sussex winning first Country championship by scoring 1000 plus runs against New Zealand in 2003. Also in 2006 he scored 126 not out in his Test debut in 2007 against West Indies at Lords.

In 2010, he became Wisden cricketer of the year. Thereafter in the year 2011, he scored his maiden Ashes Test hundred against Australia in Sydney and finished the five match series with 23 catches.

This is an Ashes record for an England wicket-keeper. Owing to his tremendous contribution, he was Included in the ICC's Test Team of the Year in 2012. Also by scoring a century against New Zealand in 2013, he was awarded England's Men's Cricketers of the year.

He will surely be missed by one and all.

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