Wisden accolade for Prior

Axed gloveman named in select list

Last Updated: 14/04/10 5:19pm

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Prior: Wisden accolade

Prior: Wisden accolade

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England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has been named as one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year just days after missing out on the ICC World Twenty 20 squad.

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Prior, overlooked by his country for the upcoming Caribbean showpiece, has been rewarded by publishers of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack after helping England regain the Ashes in 2009.

He is joined this year in the elite list - inaugurated in 1889 - by fellow Ashes winners Stuart Broad, Graham Onions and Graeme Swann.

The other name in the five-man list is Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke after he was named joint man-of-the-series in the Ashes.

Elsewhere in this year's almanack, International Cricket Council world number one Test batsman Virender Sehwag has retained his place at the top of Wisden's list after another breathtaking 12 months.

Wisden editor Scyld Berry added: "In 2009, Sehwag broke Test cricket's sound barrier by scoring at more than a run a ball."

Sehwag has also been named as one of the openers in Wisden's 2009 Test XI, led by his compatriot Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Five players who competed in the 2009 Ashes campaign are also selected in the team, along with Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Kumar Sangakkara and Jacques Kallis.

The team does not, however, include Australia captain Ricky Ponting - who loses his place from the inaugural line-up last year, along with Graeme Smith and Kevin Pietersen.

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