England spinner Graeme Swann has revealed that he believes his compatriot Matt Prior is the best batsman in the world.

Swann has lavished Prior with acclaim stating that, in his current form, the Sussex wicketkeeper-batsman is the world's best.

This claim comes after the 31-year-old's stout defensive display in the third and final Test against New Zealand in Auckland.

The right-handed batsman has now overtaken fellow countrymen Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen entering the top 10 of the ICC's batting ranking for the very first time. 

Prior's knock of 110 not out meant that England could draw the last test with a little help from Stuart Broad and Monty Panesar at the end of the order. 

Swann, the rebel of English cricket, did not play a part in the Test series due to the elbow injury which he is now recovering from after having surgery.

"He's the best player in world cricket at the minute in my view," Swann told Sky Sports.

"He gets runs every time he goes to the crease and I like the manner of his batting as well, he's never afraid to play his shots and he's very 'up and at 'em' every time he goes in there.

"It's richly deserved (his rankings rise) and we wouldn't change him for the world."

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