Prior free to face Hampshire
Matt Prior has been cleared to feature for Sussex in the Friends Provident Trophy final on Saturday.
Last Updated: 23/07/09 4:13pm
England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has been cleared to feature for Sussex in the Friends Provident Trophy final against Hampshire on Saturday.
The 27-year-old, who scored 61 off 42 balls in the victory over Australia at Lord's last weekend, will be allowed to feature for his county in between Ashes Tests and Sussex captain Michael Yardy is delighted to have him back.
"Having Matt available makes a big difference to us," he said.
"This is a guy that has played for Sussex since he was 12 - he is Sussex through and through, cares deeply about the club, and someone we welcome back with open arms.
"When you look at him now, he's always been a very talented striker of the ball - he could play for England as a batter.
"He looks in such control. His innings against Australia at Lord's was so clinical and precise.
"To score 60 off 40 balls in a Test match, without any change to your normal game, is incredible."
Ed Joyce, who joined Sussex this season after almost ten years at Middlesex, is the top scorer in the competition this season with 531 runs and, with former Zimbabwe international Murray Goodwin also in the side, Yardy feels confident ahead of the match.
"Our one-day form has been good," he said.
"We have got a nicely-balanced side and we quickly found our batting positions.
"Ed Joyce has come in and done exceptionally well opening, we have Murray Goodwin as an experienced batsman at number four and I feel comfortable at number five.
"When you come in three wickets down, the game is slightly set up and you know what you have to do in certain different situations.
"We have managed to create a decent blend of nudgers and nurdlers and powerful hitters of the ball."
However, Yardy knows that Hampshire are also a strong outfit and that they will have to hit top form if they are to take the trophy.
"If you look at us this season, we are evenly matched in terms of performances," he said.
"Neither of us are packed full of superstars, but we both have very good players."