Matt Prior is the surprise selection in a strong looking England team named for the 2011 world cup.
Prior will be replacing Steve Davies who has played the last 6 50 over matches for England, and scored 42 from only 35 balls in England’s opening match defeat in the current series against Australia.
Andy Flower, England’s team director explained, “It was a tough decision”
“We picked him for this series in Australia because of the conditions out here, but as we get closer to the World Cup we’ve made that adjustment and we want Prior to get a few games under his belt before we get out there.”
“We believe that Matt Prior is best suited to the sub-continent conditions and that’s why we’ve picked him,” Flower pointed out.
“The circumstances have changed. Matt Prior did very well out here in the Test matches.
“He is a combative, aggressive cricketer. He fits our aggressive fielding unit so those are the reasons why he has been picked for the World Cup.”
Prior hasn’t played for the 50 over team for over 10 months, and his selection comes as a bigger surprise as he averages just 25 in the 50 over version of the game.
He did however have a strong Ashes series, in Australian conditions and his experience behind the stumps will be invaluable to the 2020 world champions, who are looking to add the world cup to their Ashes title from the summer.
Chris Tremlett was also left out leaving England with a squad consisting of captain Andrew Strauss, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Ajmal Shahzad, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott, Luke Wright and Michael Yardy.