Prior to take break from Test cricket for the rest of the summer

"It is a huge decision and not one I've taken lightly obviously because I could have played my last game"

“It is a huge decision and not one I’ve taken lightly obviously because I could have played my last game”

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England wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior has decided to take a break from Test cricket for the remainder of the summer following his disastrous performance against Sri Lanka and in the first two Tests against India.

Prior revealed that he will undergo surgery on his Achilles, which has been irritating him for the past few months.

“I’m not doing justice to myself and more importantly the team and that is what matters first and foremost,” Prior told theĀ Mirror. “I tore my quad before the first Test and my right hand has been beaten to a pulp, but the main issue is the Achilles.

“Now we have the time, I want to be pro-active about how we deal with it so I imagine that I’ll have an operation. I’ve always said as long as I can do my job I will manage the pain and get on with it, but it has now got to the point where I can’t do my job to the level I expect of myself.”

Prior also hinted that he could have played his last game for England.

“It is a huge decision and not one I’ve taken lightly obviously because I could have played my last game,” Prior said. “Playing for England is the greatest honour you can have in the game and that is my motivation to come back and try and play again in the best possible condition.

“I’ve made my decision for the good of the team and whoever comes in I genuinely wish them the best of luck and hope they go well and perform and help the team win. That is all I want.”

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