Originally Posted by Gowza
prior wasn't a terribly good keeper to begin with, but he's gotten a lot better. dhoni has always been a decent enough keeper, in tests kaul is possibly a better option for them. when prior came along england had the same bug as BD do, they gave away keeping ability for batting ability.
This is a relatively new phenomenon. Before, the keeper would be selected based on keeping. If they could bat, it was considered a plus. But, the thinking is flawed. One dropped catch can turn a match, as we saw in the T20.