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England wicketkeeper Matt Prior announces retirement

England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has announced his retirement from all forms of professional cricket with immediate effect due to achilles injury.

The 33-year-old Sussex wicketkeeper has helped his nation to three glorious Ashes series victories between 2009 and 2013.

Prior has scored 4099 runs in 79 Tests matches at an average of 40.18 across a seven-year international spell.

Prior, who played his last test against India at Lord’s 11 months ago, said: ”Today is a very sad day for me, as I am forced to announce my retirement from the game I love.

”I had been hoping and expecting to be fit for the start of the 2015 season.

”Unfortunately, this has proved impossible, and I have now had to reach this decision.”

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