Matt Prior unhappy with England county setup

Players are not willing to push on in county cricket, says Matt Prior

Matt Prior has played 79 Tests for England. (Getty)

In a recent interview to BBC, former England wicketkeeper Matt Prior highlighted the problems of the county set up in the UK which is garnering very less participation and less outcome of talent as a result. 

Prior said, “I think there are too many players at the moment earning their salaries, whatever they may be, floating around in county cricket having a nice life with actually very little ambition to push on.”

"There is a huge responsibility on the counties to create that level of ambition from English cricketers,” he added.

“The worry for me is there’s a lot of cricketers I think at the moment playing county cricket who are not looking or ambitious enough to think, ‘Right, hang on a minute, I want to play cricket for England. I want to play and win a series in Australia"  the 35-year-old said.

“This isn’t about winning a county championship or a domestic competition. This is about being the best you can be and going and winning a trophy for England or winning the Ashes or the World Cup,” he concluded by saying.

England lost the Ashes urn against Australia recently and now they are looking to make a comeback in the ODI series. Skipper Eoin  Morgan is back at the helm of things and is back to working with coach Trevor Bayliss.

By Anshuman Roy - 13 Jan, 2018

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