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20 January 201111:39

Prior surprised by World Cup inclusion

The selectors on Wednesday chose Prior for the event that starts on 19 February, ahead of Steve Davies

Prior surprised by World Cup inclusion
 - Cricket News

Matt Prior admits he was surprised at his inclusion in the final squad.

England wicketkeeper Matt Prior said he felt like he had "come home again" after he was unexpectedly included in England's 15-man squad for next month's ICC Cricket World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The selectors on Wednesday chose Prior for the 19 February-2 April event ahead of Steve Davies, who featured in England's squad for the ongoing seven ODI series against Australia.

"I got the phone call from (England coach) Andy (Flower). I wasn't expecting it," Prior told reporters on Thursday.

"I've loved every second since rejoining the squad. It feels like I've come home again so I'm really happy."

The 28-year-old Prior, who played the last of his 55 one-day internationals against Bangladesh in March 2010, will join the England squad ahead of Friday's second ODI against Australia in Hobart.

"I'm a very different player to the guy that opened the batting for England in one-day cricket however many years ago. I always seem to get off to good starts, it was probably just having that experience that I didn't have at the time to then go on and make that match-winning score.I think (Andrew) Strauss and I will form a pretty good partnership," said Prior.