Mustard eyes Gilchrist role
Phil Mustard is determined to emulate the role that the retired Adam Gilchrist adopted for Australia, with England this summer.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 10/04/08 5:52pm
Wicketkeeper Phil Mustard has revealed his determination to emulate the role the retired Adam Gilchrist adopted for Australia, with England this summer.
Gilchrist was regarded by many as the greatest keeper-batsman who ever played the game for the way he attacked opposing bowlers at the top of the order in the one-day game, and adopted an aggressive mentality batting at number seven for the Test side.
Mustard is eager to cement a place in England's Test match team after breaking into the one-day side for the winter tour of Sri Lanka.
The aggressive left-hander impressed with both willow and gloves in Asia, and is now targeting a Gilchrist-esque role for England, where he aims to open the batting in the one-dayers and drop to number seven in the Test arena.
"Obviously I have opened for England in the one-day side and I think could be a lower order batsman in the Test side - similar to what Adam Gilchrist did for Australia," Mustard said.
"I think I have got off to a decent start for England in one-day cricket although I'm still very much on a learning curve.
"It's great just being involved at the moment but this is a big summer for me to really kick on.
"I have had 10 innings and every time I go out to bat I'm no slouch, I don't take anything for granted and I've got to do it.
"Obviously it is every boy's dream to play Test cricket in front of thousands of people and that's a big target for me this year and that is what I'll be working towards.
"If England are a bit patient with me I think they will get it back with interest."
Mustard will have a fight on his hands as he attempts to take the gloves off current Test keeper Tim Ambrose.
The Warwickshire player impressed on the recent tour of New Zealand, and notched his maiden century during the second Test against the Black Caps in Wellington.
Mustard said: "Tim (Ambrose) has done well in the longer game but I don't think there is a lot of pressure on me to respond despite the way Tim has performed.
"I'm going to just go out and enjoy my cricket with Durham and let the natural talent take over.
"I have had a couple of good chats with Peter Moores and he has encouraged me to continue the aggressive approach.
"If I'm scoring runs and keeping well for Durham, and a place crops up, I'll be determined to take it."