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King Cricket: England need Mustard’s simplicity

September 11th, 2009 by King Cricket in England, One-day cricket

If there’s one type of cricket article that we hate, it’s the ‘what about this potential England wicketkeeper?’ one. There are too many mediocre candidates and all that happens is that the picture gets murkier.  Nevertheless: we miss Phil Mustard.

In one way it’s perhaps for the best that joint dismissals with his Durham team mate Graham Onions aren’t being brought to international cricket headlines, but all the same, he has a zestiness (or is Mustard always fiery?) about his cricket which is conspicuously absent from England’s one-day side.

The England wicketkeeping place is currently held by Matt Prior, of course. We think a lot of Matt Prior (we reckon he could get in the Test side solely as a batsman and his wicketkeeping has been excellent this summer, much to the chagrin of many) but wouldn’t he benefit from missing a few one-dayers?

Players like Paul Collingwood, James Anderson and Matt Prior, who play for England in all three formats, have one hell of a workload. The first two look jaded at the minute and after 1 and 0 in his last two innings, Prior does too. Games off for these players are no bad thing, particularly when you consider that Prior only scored the second of his two one-day fifties earlier this summer against the Windies. He’s had 42 one-day international innings, so that’s not a great return.

Phil Mustard’s not in the form of his life this season, but he’s going pretty well and he still seems like fundamentally the right sort of player for one-day cricket. You can’t leave your way to a challenging one-day score (not since Mitchell Johnson got his eye in midway through the Ashes anyway) and Phil Mustard likes to hit the ball. There’s a gleeful simplicity there that England’s one-day side has rarely seen.

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2 Responses to “King Cricket: England need Mustard’s simplicity”

  1.   Ian says:

    If they wouldn’t pick Samit Patel for being a porker, they can hardly select Mustard. He’s not in the same Patel pie league, but he’s one half of what must be the chunkiest county one day opening partnership when he pairs with Blackwell.

    True there are too many mediocre candidates around, but Mustard is another of those, and certainly behind the likes of Foster (best keeper), Davies (best batsman), and probably dropper Jones (best friends with Duncan Fletcher) after his decent season. Probably because of the old Jones-Fletcher-Giles love triangle, Jones probably has the best chance of being 2nd keeper to Prior this winter now Giles can have him all to himself.

  2.   Gumbo says:

    Phil Mustard wobbles too much. If he stops wobbling then maybe give him a game, but only if Foster, Read, Davies and Jones have some weird disease which means they can no longer put gloves on.

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