After a tame defeat to New Zealand in the ODI series, many questions were asked about wicket keeper-batsman Jos Buttler. 

The Somerset player failed to perform with the bat or gloves, letting through many byes, which ultimately could have made the game a whole lot tighter if they had been stopped. 

After the game, cricket pundits everywhere were left wondering why Buttler was included in the side ahead of cricketer of the year, Matt Prior who has performed admirably over the last 18 months in both aspects of his game. 

It is now a widespread view that the answer to England's wicket-keeping woes in the one day game could be found within their own camp, and in the form of South-African born Prior.

Prior has never had much of a feature in the shorter games for England, being the back-up for Kieswetter, Davies, Foster and now Buttler. However, despite this, Prior is known for his attacking instincts that are constantly on show in the five-day game. 

His first class career strike rate of 67.00 (with the majority of those games being test matches) displays his ability to hit out with the lower order, a trait that has been instrumental in firing England up the test rankings and, for a brief period, to the top - something they will hope to regain after this years ashes series. 

He is known around the world as one of, if not the, best wicket keeper batsmen at the moment, alongside the likes of India's Dhoni or Sri Lanka's Sangakarra, but not many could hope to match or better his average of 40.72, a figure which makes Buttler's 32.48 seem measly in comparison.

There is an argument to let Prior focus on his test match abilities, but what is the point of having such a gifted player and only using him occasionally. 

If we really want to become the best in the world at all forms of the game, we should play are best players as regularly as possible (provided they're fit). 

Leaving the job to someone less capable then he is, is a big sign that the ECB care more about test cricket than the other types of the game.

Overall, Prior is better than all other English keepers with both the bat and the gloves. He opens the batting for Sussex in T20s when available and could be the missing link we are looking for to reach the top. 

I feel he should definitely be given a go; if he plays the last ODI against New Zealand, and performs as he can, he would be a necessity for the Champions trophy next month. 


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