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Prior taking a break

Matt Prior has stepped back from England duty for the rest of the summer due to injury.

The 32-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, who played in the 95-run defeat to India at Lord’s that ended today, revealed that he has a series of complaints which are hampering his performances and he expects to go under the knife to sort out his Achilles during the break.

"I'm not doing justice to myself and more importantly the team and that is what matters first and foremost," Prior said.

"I tore my quad before the first Test and my right hand has been beaten to a pulp, but the main issue is the Achilles.

"Now we have the time, I want to be pro-active about how we deal with it so I imagine that I'll have an operation.

"I've always said as long as I can do my job I will manage the pain and get on with it, but it has now got to the point where I can't do my job to the level I expect of myself."

Prior, who earned the first of 79 Test caps against West Indies in 2007, acknowledged that the decision could effectively end his international career.

"It is a huge decision and not one I've taken lightly obviously because I could have played my last game," he added.

"I've made my decision for the good of the team and whoever comes in I genuinely wish them the best of luck and hope they go well and perform and help the team win. That is all I want.

Matt Prior, here batting today, said: "I'm not doing justice to myself and more importantly the team and that is what matters first and foremost."

"If that happens and I don't play again, then that was my lot. I'll be disappointed because there are a few things that I wanted to achieve and thought I would, but I can also look back and know I did some pretty good things."

Later speaking to Sky Sports 2, Prior re-iterated that he remains as determined as ever to play for England but just wants to take time out to get 100 per cent fit.

"I need to give myself a good deal of time to get right and have the necessary procedures. I don't want to retire," he said.

"I would love to play for England again and I have hopes of doing that. As it stands now there are three Tests and that's quite a lot of time. It's the way it works out but I will then do my utmost to get fit and ready, raring to go for the back end of the winter and into next summer."

Prior said he has been trying to overcome fitness problems for most of the summer, but they are now having too much of an impact on his performances for him to ignore any longer.

"I have to be very honest with myself, my team-mates, my coach and my captain. I don't believe I'm able to perform at the level I expect of myself, the level I want to perform at for England with the injuries I'm carrying at the moment," he added.

"It's been something I've been fighting obviously, every one knows I've fought injury for most of this summer. When it affects movement and I can't play to the level I want to then it becomes an issue and that's what's happened in this game."

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