Philip Mustard (born 8 October 1982) is an English cricketer who most recently played for Gloucestershire and has also represented England. Mustard is a left-handed batsman and wicketkeeper, with a style likened to that of Australia's Adam Gilchrist. Following success for Durham with both gloves and bat, averaging 49.61, and after an injury to England's keeper Matt Prior during the 2007 Twenty20 World Championship, Mustard was called up to the England squad to face Sri Lanka in the winter ODI series. He was named captain of Durham in May 2010.
|Full name||Philip Mustard|
|Born||9 October 1982|
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Relations||C Rushworth (cousin)|
|ODI debut (cap 205)||1 October 2007 v Sri Lanka|
|Last ODI||23 February 2008 v New Zealand|
|ODI shirt no.||52|
|T20I debut (cap 36)||5 February 2008 v New Zealand|
|Last T20I||7 February 2008 v New Zealand|
|Domestic team information|
|2000–2003||Durham Cricket Board|
|2002–2016||Durham (squad no. 19)|
|2015||→ Lancashire (on loan)|
|2016||→ Gloucestershire (on loan)|
|2017–2018||Gloucestershire (squad no. 19)|
Source: CricketArchive, 29 September 2017
With partner Louise he has two sons, Haydon and Rory. Mustard was educated at Usworth Comprehensive, and is a keen football fan who played at Manchester United until aged 13, and then Middlesbrough FC until aged 15, and he continues to play during the winter months. His nickname, "Colonel", stems from the suspect Colonel Mustard from the murder-mystery board game Cluedo. His brother Alan Mustard plays for Chester le Street CC at Ropery Lane and helped the side win the 45 over National Knock out competition in 2009 defeating Spencer CC from london in the final at The County Ground in Derby.
Mustard first played for England in the U-19 squad, beginning his cricket career in 2000. He began first-class cricket in 2002 and Twenty20 in 2003 for Durham. During the English winter in 2003, Mustard travelled to Hobart in Tasmania, Australia. He played for the Glenorchy Cricket Club, as well as helping and coaching young and upcoming players. During 2007, he scored nearly 1000 first-class runs and won two trophies. He scored a fast 49 off 38 balls to secure a victory for Durham in September, before being given out lbw. Subsequent replays revealed that the ball would have missed the stumps, however Mustard's appeals to be allowed to continue were controversially turned down by umpire Ian Gould. Nevertheless, Mustard's 2007 season earned him a call-up to the England side to replace the injured Prior for England's tour of Sri Lanka at the end of 2007. Mustard received much support for his international call-up, Shane Warne rated Mustard as "the best one-day wicketkeeper-batsman in England" and, along with Paul Collingwood, likened him to Gilchrist in ability. Durham chief executive David Harker stated that Mustard deserved to be called up, stating that his 2007 season was "fantastic".
Mustard had an unexplosive start to his debut tour. He took his place as the England opener and scored a quiet 17 in a warm-up match against the Sri Lankan A team. This was followed by a more explosive 27 from 17 in the first match against the full Sri Lankan team, where England fell to a 119-run defeat, Mustard taking the joint-second highest score in the England innings. England won the 3rd ODI by two wickets, however Mustard only scored 14. In the 4th ODI, where England recorded their first series victory in the sub-continent since 1986–87, Mustard was caught and bowled for a low 19.
During England's tour of New Zealand Mustard opened the batting for the initial two Twenty20 matches. Though falling early in the first, Mustard scored a rapid 40 from 24 balls in the second, and kept wicket in a manner that Jonathan Agnew describes as "slick and unfussy." Although he failed to make significant partnerships for the next matches, he hit a rapid 83 in the 4th ODI on 20 February 2008, his highest ODI score, as England raced to 340.
- BBC (18 September 2007). "Mustard handed first England call". BBC News. Retrieved 18 September 2007.
- Phil Mustard at ESPNcricinfo
- Mustard keen to cap Durham's final debut The Independent retrieved 1 October 2007
- Atherton, Michael Umpire referral rules confuse Phil Mustard The Daily Telegraph retrieved 1 October 2007
- Phil cuts the Mustard for Colly ECB retrieved 1 October 2007
- Berry, Scyld Phil Mustard the new flavour of the month The Daily Telegraph retrieved 1 October 2007
- Sri Lanka v England 1st ODI BBC News retrieved 1 October 2007
- Sri Lanka v England 3rd ODI BBC News retrieved 11 October 2007
- Sri Lanka v England 4th ODI BBC News retrieved 11 October 2007
- England beat Kiwis to seal series BBC News retrieved 7 February 2008
- Agnew, Jonathan, England take confidence from second win BBC News retrieved 7 February 2008
- One Day International Series: New Zealand v England BBC News retrieved 19 February 2008