The Ashes: Matt Prior dumped in England team shakeup for fourth Test at Melbourne

Matt Prior's sacking comes just four days after spinner Graeme Swann's shock retirement mid-series, indicating that all was not well inside the tourists' camp.

updated: December 26, 2013 13:18 IST
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Melbourne: Another veteran paid the price for England's tumultuous tour when Matt Prior was axed from Thursday's fourth Test against Australia in Melbourne.

Prior, ever-present in England's three consecutive Ashes series wins over Australia, made way for wicketkeeping understudy Jonny Bairstow in yet another changing of the guard.

Prior, 31, the tour vice-captain to skipper Alastair Cook, is a veteran of 75 Tests and has not missed a Test since being recalled for England in 2009.

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