England wicketkeeper Matt Prior is delighted Jonny Bairstow has been given an opportunity in the first Test against the West Indies (8/1 to win the First Test) at Lord's. The Yorkshire batsman, who has won six caps at both one-day international and Twenty20 level, is likely to start at 5 or 6 with Prior being moved down the order to accommodate him.
The wicketkeeper said "It's fantastic Jonny's come in. If he gets his opportunity this week I hope he takes it. As I've said many times before, whether I'm batting six or seven makes no odds to me as long as we get the balance of the team right and end up getting a win."
England (1/2 to win the First Test) will expect a harder end to the summer when they take on South Africa - their nearest rivals to the number one spot in the world rankings. However, Prior insists there will be no complacency against the West Indies, who are currently struggling in seventh place.
They showed signs of improvement against Australia, despite a series defeat at home, and boast the world's top-ranked Test batsman in the evergreen Shivnarine Chanderpaul (11/4 Top West Indies Batsman). Prior added "I think if you get complacent or take things easy in Test Cricket, or international sport in general, you get bitten pretty quickly. There's no room for that in our dressing room."