Mustard called up to replace injured Prior

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The Independent Online

England have called up the uncapped Philip Mustard as their wicketkeeper for the one-day series in Sri Lanka. Mustard, a big hitter from Sunderland, will replace Matt Prior who broke a thumb after being struck in batting practice before England's World Twenty20 match with New Zealand.

Mustard has been prominent in Durham's successful summer, averaging 44 in the Friends Provident Trophy, the domestic 50-over competition. He scored 49 from 38 balls in the Lord's final when he demonstrated he is not overawed by the big occasion.

David Graveney, the chairman of selectors, confirmed that he would open the batting as a like-for-like replacement. That may be a gamble, especially on sub-continental pitches, for someone new to internationals but captain Paul Collingwood said he hit the ball like Adam Gilchrist. He will be the sixth wicketkeeper used by England in the past year.

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