Ashes 2013-14: Matt Prior vows to regain England place after 'letting people down'
Last Updated: 29/12/13 11:39am
Matt Prior: Has vowed to fight for his place in the England team
Matt Prior has vowed to regain his England place after admitting that he feels he has let the team down.
The wicketkeeper was dropped for the fourth Ashes Test at the MCG after a lean run of form that has seen him score just one century in more than two years and record only one score over 50 in the two Ashes series this year.
The 31-year-old's place in the side has been taken by Jonny Bairstow but the Yorkshireman is not always first-choice wicketkeeper for his county, so the role for England is very much up for grabs.
And Prior, who has 75 caps and 3,920 runs to his name, is determined to overcome his recent troubles and get back in the national team.
"My hunger to play for England and get back in the team is as high as it has ever been," he said in his column in the Sunday Telegraph.
"There has been a lot of talk about whether that is it for me and England will move on, but I am only 31 and still have a lot of cricket left to play.
"The disappointing aspect for me is that I feel like I have let people down. In particular, I have let Alastair Cook down as captain and Graham Gooch as batting coach."
"At no stage do I want to be selected by England on reputation. You have to perform to play for your country and I was not doing that."
England have been forced to call on less senior figures in the current Ashes series following the return home of Jonathan Trott and retirement of Graeme Swann.
Prior's loss of form and subsequent omission from the team for the fourth Test has compounded the problem, but he has no complaints with being left out.
"In a series like this you need senior players to stand up and make contributions," he added. "It is the least I expect from myself, but I have not been able to do it and for me that is the toughest thing of all.
"At no stage do I want to be selected by England on reputation. You have to perform to play for your country and I was not doing that.
"The hurt and heartache has not been felt over the past few days after learning on Christmas Day I would be dropped, it has been endured over the past several months when I have not performed for England. That has been killing me."