Critics forced Prior decision

RELENTLESS media scrutiny was a principal factor in wicketkeeper Matt Prior quitting England duty for the rest of the summer, says Sussex manager Mark Robinson.

Prior cited injury when making the announcement after England’s defeat to India in the second Test at Lord’s on Monday.

“The media have hunted him mercilessly and made his position and Alastair Cook’s job difficult for any player,” said Robinson.

Beleaguered skipper Cook has received backing from former India captain Sourav Ganguly.

“The selectors must realise that a captain is as good as his team and they should focus on picking match-winners,” said Ganguly.