Matt Prior began the 2014 season in sensational style by scoring a stylish century for Sussex at Hove.
England's wicket-keeper, who was dropped for the Boxing Day Ashes Test, reached this important landmark by hitting successive boundaries off Middlesex's Toby Roland-Jones.
It was Prior's 28th first-class hundred and could be one of his most crucial, as limited-overs starlet Jos Buttler has been touted as being his successor as England's Test gloveman.
This achievement should also be regarded as excellent news by the selectors, because he faced Steven Finn, James Harris and Roland-Jones who have all represented the England Lions, with Finn playing 23 Tests.
Sussex's batsman reached his first ton since his match-saving 110 in Auckland from just 114 deliveries, hitting 18 boundaries in the process.
His naturally quick-scoring ability was so demotivating for England's opponents under Andrew Strauss' captaincy and the first few months of Alastair Cook's.
After being voted England's 2013 player of the year, Prior's form slumped in the home series against New Zealand and the eight Ashes Tests he participated in.
Hopefully he can continue this impressive start as Prior was a key member of England's team which topped the Test rankings and had three straight Ashes victories.
He was unbeaten on 102 at lunch, guiding Sussex to a 104-run lead over Middlesex with the home side 209-5.
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