Unthinkable of course these days with central contracts and sponsorship deals. Prior, like the rest of the squad, can concentrate on beating Australia without worrying about money.
It is not the same in the women’s game. Sussex’s Sarah Taylor is Prior’s female equivalent, an England player since she was 17 and the best keeper-batsman in women’s cricket with a one-day international average of 37.62.
But when England fly to Australia next month to defend the Ashes, Taylor will not be in the squad. Now based back in Sussex, she is living with her parents in Seaford and deciding how much she can commit to cricket because of the need to make ends meet.
Full story: The Argus