Prior out of Twenty20 World Cup with broken thumb

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DURBAN, South Africa, Sep 18 (Reuters) England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has been ruled out of the Twenty20 World Cup with a broken thumb.

Prior sustained the injury during a training session in Durban on Monday and was ruled out of contention before yesterday's Super Eights match against New Zealand.

Vikram Solanki will keep wicket for England in a contest they must win to retain any hope of reaching the semi-finals.

''It's a bit of bad luck for Matt but I'm sure Vikram will do a great job,'' England captain Paul Collingwood told reporters.

England, who are scheduled to play the first match of their Sri Lanka tour on Oct. 1, may call for a replacement for Prior.

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