England made a huge mistake by dropping Prior for the Boxing Day Test, says Michael Clarke

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“If I was in England’s shoes, I would certainly be getting Matty Prior back into my team ASAP”

Australia captain Michael Clarke has announced that England made a huge mistake by dropping wicketkeeper Matt Prior in favour of Jonny Bairstow for the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

Clarke noted that England sorely missed Prior’s experience with the bat and behind the stumps as they were thrashed by eight wickets.

“In my opinion, the one player I think England missed last game was Matt Prior – and more so for his leadership and experience,” Clarke said. “I think he’s a similar personality to Brad Haddin.

“One of the best things that has happened to our team is having Brad back because of his experience, because of his leadership, because of his toughness.

“That’s certainly not having a crack at Jonny Bairstow – he’s a wonderful talent and has a huge future for England – but I think when you’re not performing as well as you would like as a team that senior player, that tough-nosed senior player helps the group a lot.

“It’s probably not my place to say that – but if I was in England’s shoes, I would certainly be getting Matty Prior back into my team ASAP.”

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