Matt Prior remains as determined as ever to play for England but just wants to take time out to get 100 per cent fit.
The wicketkeeper, who has won three Ashes Series, has taken a step back from England duty for the rest of the summer due to injury.
He has come under fire during an England slump which extended to 10 Tests without a win on Monday as India triumphed by 95 runs at Lord's, with Prior only managing 12 runs in the second innings as Ishant Sharma tore through England's middle order.
The 32-year-old revealed that he has a series of complaints which are hampering his performances and he expects to go under the knife to sort out his Achilles during the break.
Speaking to Sky Sports 2, Prior said: "I need to give myself a good deal of time to get right and have the necessary procedures. I don't want to retire.
"I would love to play for England again and I have hopes of doing that. As it stands now there are three Tests and that's quite a lot of time.
"It's the way it works out but I will then do my utmost to get fit and ready, raring to go for the back end of the winter and into next summer."
Prior said he has been trying to overcome fitness problems for most of the summer, but they are now having too much of an impact on his performances for him to ignore any longer.
"I have to be very honest with myself, my team-mates, my coach and my captain," he added.
"I don't believe I'm able to perform at the level I expect of myself, the level I want to perform at for England with the injuries I'm carrying at the moment," he added.
"It's been something I've been fighting obviously, every one knows I've fought injury for most of this summer.
"When it affects movement and I can't play to the level I want to then it becomes an issue and that's what's happened in this game."
He said if this does herald the end of his England career he will be disappointed but will also have plenty to look back on and be proud of.
"The one that stands out for me is reaching number one in the world," Prior said.
"Standing on that podium at the Oval, it was such a colossal effort to win consistently for so long. I use the word 'team' a lot and that's what's most important.
"You come through shared hardships and you come through them together. "
Former England captain Alec Stewart said Prior had made a "sensible decision" to step aside.
"Matt Prior makes sensible decision to stand down for rest of the series," Stewart said on Twitter. "He needs to regain fitness to then perform to his usual high level.
"Expect Jos Buttler to replace Prior, but don't be surprised if you see Prior wearing the England shirt again in the future."
Stewart tweeted that Chris Read and James Foster are "the best glovemen in England" but added that Buttler had already been called up as cover for Prior this season.
And another ex-England wicketkeeper, Paul Nixon, praised Prior for his stance.
Nixon said on Twitter: "Very brave and ultimate tough decision, bud, honest and all for the team."