New dad Prior flies home, misses 4th Test

Updated: 24 February 2009 18:04 IST

Matt Prior has flown home after his wife gave birth to their first child and Tim Ambrose will take his place in the fourth Test against the West Indies.

Bridgetown, Barbados:

England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has flown home after his wife gave birth to their first child on Sunday and Tim Ambrose will take his place in the fourth Test against the West Indies.

Prior had already said he would return home but his wife, Emily, gave birth earlier than the expected date of March 2. The England and Wales Cricket Board said on Monday that Prior flew home after hearing news that he had a son and backup wicketkeeper Ambrose would start against the West Indies.

England is 1-0 down in the five-match series and the fourth Test starts at Bridgetown on Thursday. Allrounder Andrew Flintoff also misses that game because of a muscle strain in his right hip.

Topics : Cricket Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
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