Matt Prior factfile
Three Ashes wins, 79 Tests and over 5,000 international runs...
Last Updated: 22/07/14 9:34am
We look back at the highs and lows of Matt Prior's career following his decision to take a break from international cricket.
1982: February 26 - Born Johannesburg, South Africa.
2001: Makes county championship debut for Sussex. Represented England U19 in a 'Test' series against West Indies U19, scoring two half-centuries.
2002: Scores maiden first-class century with 102 not out against Hampshire at Hove.
2003-4: Tours India with the England A.
2004: December 5 - Makes senior one-day debut against Zimbabwe in Harare, making 35 as an opener in the 74-run victory.
2005: May 5 - Excluded from England's 25-man development squad.
July 7 - Named in England's 15-man squad to face Australia in the NatWest Challenge but does not feature.
September 19 - Named in both England's Test and one-day squads for tour of Pakistan. Plays in five ODIs.
May 18: Becomes the first England wicketkeeper to score a century on Test debut, hitting 126no off 128 balls against West Indies in the first Test at Lord's.
2008: January 4 - Dropped for the tour of New Zealand in favour of Tim Ambrose.
August - Returned to the ODI side for their 4-0 series victory against South Africa. On 26 August 2008 took six catches against South Africa at Trent Bridge, only the second Englishman to achieve that feat in an ODI.
2009: March 7 - In the fifth Test on the West Indies tour, made his highest Test score (131 not out) in the final Test Match in Trinidad and was named man of the match.
May 6 - Became the second-fastest England keeper to reach 1,000 Test runs, behind Les Ames, as he scored 42 in the first Test against the West Indies at Lord's.
2010: December 26-29 - Ever-present in the Test side in England's successful 2010-11 Ashes Series in Australia. In the fourth Test at the MCG, held six catches in Australia's first innings as they were bowled out for just 98. Followed it up with 85 runs as England won by an innings to take a 2-1 series lead and retain the Ashes with a Test to spare.
2011: January 3-7 - In the fifth and final Ashes Test scored his first century against Australia from 109 balls, the fastest English Ashes century since Ian Botham's 118 at Old Trafford in 1981.
2013: August 9-12 - Made his 200th catch for England during the fourth Test in Durham, and he is third in Test dismissals all time behind Alan Knott (250) and Alec Stewart (277).
August 21-25 - In the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval, made 47 in the first innings - his best score of the series - as England won the series 3-0 with Prior as vice-captain.
December - With England 3-0 down in the series in Australia, dropped in favour of Jonny Bairstow.
2014: July 21 - Announced he was taking a step back from cricket due to injury after his performance in the loss to India at Lord's came under fire.