Prior facing ‘long road back’

"It's now time to get it right, get fit again and come back stronger"

“It’s now time to get it right, get fit again and come back stronger”

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England wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior has admitted that he faces a “long road back” when he undergoes Achilles surgery on September 4.

Prior decided to take a break from international cricket after the second Test against India at Lord’s due to his troublesome Achilles.

“It was pretty bad, to be honest,” Prior told ESPNcricinfo. “I went as long and as hard as I could, but I couldn’t go any further. I still hurt. I’ve seen the specialist and surgeons and I’m having an operation on September 4.

“It’s not the end, but there is a long road back and it starts from September 4 with four months of rehab to get as fit as I possibly can.

“It was a massive decision, but I went as long as I could. It’s been shown by specialists that I couldn’t physically have gone on any longer. So it’s now time to get it right, get fit again and come back stronger.”

Even though he is disappointed not to be representing his country, Prior was pleased to see the excellent start his successor, Jos Buttler, has made to his Test career.

“I think he’s done brilliantly,” Prior said. “The one thing he has done that is massive for keepers is scoring runs. When you’re scoring runs it takes pressure off your wicketkeeping. It allows you to just play and feel relaxed. And when you’re relaxed you keep a lot better. Jos has done brilliantly and good luck to him.

“It’s a bit strange being at the Test and [just] watching. It’s the first time in many years. But I gave it everything. I was very proud of everything I’ve done for England as Test wicketkeeper for however many years. But Jos has come in and done very well. “

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