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Wed Apr 23 12:31:29 SAST 2014

Prior sports chance of ODI recall

TEAMtalk Media | 06 August, 2012 12:070 Comments
England v South Africa: 2nd Investec Test - Day One
Hashim Amla of South Africa is run out by Matt Prior of England during day 1 of the second test at Headingley on August 2, 2012 in Leeds, England
Image by: Tom Shaw / Getty Images

Former captain Nasser Hussain has called on the England selectors to reconsider wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior for a recall to the ODI unit.

Prior is second only to Kevin Pietersen in the amount of runs scored against South Africa in the ongoing three-match test series. Sunday saw the right-hander orchestrate a brisk half-century, which afforded the hosts a slender lead on day four of the second test.

While his overall test average weighs in at an impressive 42.54, the 30-year-old Prior's limited-overs aggregate is far less impressive - 24.18 in ODIs and 21.16 in Twenty20 Internationals.

He has not featured in the one-day fold since March 2011, with England since preferring Craig Kieswetter, who remains the frontrunner for selection ahead of the five ODIs and three T20Is against the Proteas.

"I've seen Matt a few times this season, both for England and Sussex, and he is batting as well as he has ever done," Hussain wrote in his Daily Mail column.

"There is a one-day series after these tests, and when he plays as well as he did on Sunday for his 68, you do wonder whether there's the chance of a recall.

"He can't say he hasn't been given enough of a chance in the 50-over side, and his stats aren't great - only three half-tons in 68 matches and an average of around 24.

"There's also the fact that England don't like chopping and changing, and Kieswetter's wicketkeeping in the one-day team has noticeably improved.

England are one-nil down in their three-match series against the South Africans, with the second match at Headingley likely to end in a rain-affected draw. The third and final test will get underway at Lord's on 16 August. Cardiff will host the ODI series opener a week later.

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