Matt Prior named England player of the year

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Matt Prior has been named as England's player of the year after a fine 12 months for the wicket-keeper batsman, during in which time he hit seven fifties, along with a match-saving century against New Zealand.

The 31-year-old is the first wicketkeeper to win the prestigious award, while Katherine Brunt made it a hat-trick of triumphs by picking up the women's equivalent, having claimed 12 victims in the World Cup.

Prior has scored 569 runs at an average of over 71 since the series defeat to South Africa to establish himself as arguably the best player in his position in world cricket, with his wonderful unbeaten 110 in Auckland in March evidence of such.

"I've no doubt the innings in against New Zealand is pretty fresh in people's minds so that's probably had something to do with [winning the award]," Prior told BBC Sport.

"It was great to get over the line, a hugely proud moment but from a team point of view we want to be winning Test matches not drawing them.

"But to save a game for your country is a great feeling and I was very proud."

Prior will be in action this Thursday as England begin their reverse series against New Zealand, with the first Test of the summer taking place at Lord's.

Two further Tests versus the Black Caps follow, before the eagerly anticipated Ashes series starts at Trent Bridge on July 10.

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