After his superb innings today to save the match and series for England, I'd like to get some discussion going on Matt Prior and start with a few questions.
Does he make your all time England side? As far as pure keepers go he's not even in the picture, but in terms of a batsman/keeper package only Les Ames gets near him.
After the dark days of the early 80s right through to the early 00s England have had a pretty good time of it and have boasted some very good players. Where does Prior rank amongst them? Has there been a more valuable player for England since 2003?
Lastly, where does he rank amongst the great wicket keeper batsmen. Gilchrist and Flower are obviously the standouts in this category.
Amazing to think that Prior was once a laughing stock and dropped from some absolutely dire keeping displays. He's not great with the gloves by any means but throw in his batting where he has proven himself in every kind of situation and in all conditions, he really is a fantastic player and the first name on England's team sheet everytime.