Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Matt PRIOR - The best Test WICKETKEEPER at present ?


Matt Prior has been one of the most important member of England Test side from since his debut in 2007. Though most times overshadowed by the other big players like Cook, Pietersen, Strauss, Anderson, etc. Has played many vital innings when the team needs him, and he is the one who took English scorecards to big totals batting down the order along with the tail-enders, most of the times. 

Do you Know ? Matt Prior's all the 7 100s have come in either England's Wins or produced Draws, none in Losses. 

Prior's list of Test Centuries: 

01. 126* vs West Indies at Lord's in 2007 - DRAW 
02. 131* vs West Indies at Port of Spain in 2009 - DRAW 
03. 102  vs Pakistan at Nottingham in 2010 - England won by 354 runs
04. 118  vs Australia at SCG in 2011 -  England won by an innings and 83 runs
05. 126  vs Sri Lanka at Lord's in 2011 - DRAW 
06. 103* vs India at Lord's in 2011 - England won by 193 runs
07. 110* vs New Zealand at Auckland in 2011 - DRAW 

Test Wicketkeepers since Matt Prior's Debut: 

Most Runs: 
3637 - Matt Prior at Avg of 45.46
3503 - MS Dhoni at Avg of 42.20
2308 - Brad Haddin at Avg of 35.50
1810 - Mushfiqur Rahim at Avg of 33.51 
1739 - Prasanna Jayawardene at Avg of 32.81

Most Test Centuries by Wicketkeepers: 

17 - Adam Gilchrist (Aus) 
12 - Andy Flower (Zim) 
8 - Les Ames (Eng) 
7 - MATT PRIOR (Eng) 
7 - Kumar Sangakkara (SL) 
6 - Alec Stewart (Eng) 
6 - Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind) 
6 - Kamran Akmal (Pak) 

Most Test Centuries by English Wicketkeepers: 


8 - Les Ames 
7 - MATT PRIOR 
6 - Alec Stewart 
5 - Alan Knott 
2 - Godfrey Evans 
2 - Jack Russell 
2 - Jim Parks 

Best Batting Average in Tests by Wicketkeepers: 
(Minimum of 30 Innings played)

53.70 - Andy Flower  
47.60 - Adam Gilchrist 
45.46 - MATT PRIOR 
43.40 - Les Ames 
40.48 - Kumar Sangakkara