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Phil Mustard employs a simple approach, according to Paul Collingwood © Getty Images

England captain Paul Collingwood likened Phil Mustard to Adam Gilchrist after the wicket-keeper was called into the one-day squad.

Mustard replaced the injured Matt Prior in the party for the tour of Sri Lanka which begins next week.

And Collingwood, Mustard’s team-mate at Durham, claims the 24-year-old’s uncomplicated approach at the top of the order reminds him of Australia wicket-keeper/batsman Gilchrist.

“He's a great timer of the ball and hits it very hard," Collingwood said of Mustard. "I hate associating people with Adam Gilchrist but the way he swings the bat is very similar.

"He's had a great season with Durham, deserves his chance and I look forward to him coming out here.

"He's a great lad, he looks at the ball and hits it. Sometimes you can get over-confused when you play cricket and he keeps it very simple."

Durham chief executive David Harker has no doubts that Mustard will cope with the step up to international level.

“Phil has played some fantastic cricket this year and fully deserves his call-up,” Harker said.

“He has a no-nonsense approach to his keeping and batting which I’m sure will translate well in the international arena.

“His call-up represents another feather in the cap of Durham county cricket club and our Academy system.

“Not only have we had our most successful season on record, but Phil will be our fourth home-grown player to represent England in the last 12 months.”

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