Matt Prior –Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, but raised in England, Matt Prior has represented his adopted country from a very young age.
Prior made his One Day International debut in England’s one-day series against Zimbabwe in 2004: he was chosen to open with Ian Bell and made 35 runs.
Matt Prior was chosen for the keeper’s spot for the first Test of the summer at Lord’s in 2007 against the West Indies. He scored a hundred on his debut, taking just 105 deliveries and hitting 16 boundaries after coming in at number 7, and finishing on 126 not out. He became the first England wicket keeper to score a Test hundred on debut and the 17th English batsman to record the feat overall.
Matt is proud to have been part of two Ashes series that England have won- at home in 2009 and away in 2010/11. In 2009 he contributed well at No 6 in the batting order, taking some important catches as well as a satisfying stumping of Marcus North off Graeme Swann on the final day of the series at the Oval.
Prior’s aggressive batting technique and skill with the gloves, make him a perfect match along Spartan’s elite ambassadors.
|Full Name:||Matthew James Prior|
|Date of Birth:||Feburary 26, 1981, Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Major Teams:||England, England A, Sussex, Sussex Cricket Board, Victoria|
|Nick Name:||Big Cheese|
Test debut – 17 May 2007 v West Indies
ODI debut – 5 December 2004 v Zimbabwe
T20I debut – 28 June 2007 v West Indies
NBC Denis Compton Award 2001, 2002, 2003
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2010