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Meet Reg and the 'Colonel'

Posted in England in Sri Lanka 2007

Phil Mustard

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England’s Test and One-Day captains Michael Vaughan and Paul Collingwood both took part in a tree-planting ceremony at the Asgiriya ground ahead of the 1st Test in Kandy.

The players were supporting a carbon-offsetting scheme organized by the Sri Lankan Tourist Board whose aim is to see around 10 million trees planted in the country over the next five years.

Paul Collingwood

Paul Collingwood plants his tree

Meet the Management Team: Reg Dickason (England Team Security Manager)

Reg celebrated his 50th birthday on the eve of the Kandy Test and was given a cake and a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ by the full England tour party. An Australian and a former policeman, he has held similar roles with both the Australian and New Zealand cricket teams and was a useful enough cricketer to have once dispatched Jonathan Agnew back over his head for six while playing for his club side, Victoria Police, in the mid 1980s.

Reg’s trademark is his handlebar moustache which he has worn for more than 30 years and come close to losing only once – when he promised New Zealand’s cricketers that he would shave it off if anyone scored a triple hundred on their 2003 tour of Sri Lanka.

The wager turned out to quite literally a very close shave for Reg as the New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming progressed to 274 not out in a Test in Colombo before declaring – much to the consternation of his team-mates and the undying relief of Reg!

Meet the Player: Phil Mustard (Durham)

Phil is universally known in the dressing room as ‘Colonel’ after the Cluedo character. Under interrogation from ecb.co.uk’s team of crack sleuths, he revealed more:

Who first came up with the nickname ‘Colonel’ for you? “It was a player called Ian Pattison who I used to play with in the Durham Academy a few years ago. The name stuck and now everybody knows me as Colonel. I never get called Phil unless I have done something wrong!”

And do you ever get the Cluedo set out at home? “No, I never play the game. I’m more of a Monopoly man!”

The ECB is to fund the cost of inviting 750 local schoolchildren to the 3rd Test Match in Galle. All the children will be given free tickets, lunch and drinks as part of an initiative designed to help mark the return of Test cricket to Galle for the first time since the tsunami laid waste to the stadium in 2004.

Nobody knows the inside of an England dressing room in Sri Lanka better than the diminutive Siripala - the team’s ever-helpful baggage master - a role he has performed on behalf of touring teams for the Sri Lankan Cricket Board for 25 years.

These days 55-year-old Siri - as he is universally known - has almost as many of his former charges in the media boxes as the dressing room. And the likes of Jonathan Agnew, Derek Pringle and Nasser Hussain – to name but three – will all testify to Siri’s hard work for the team on previous England tours.

And finally... Ravi Bopara became England’s 637th new Test cap in the 1st Test Match in Kandy – and the third player (Matt Prior and Chris Tremlett are the others) to make his debut since new coach Peter Moores succeeded Duncan Fletcher in May.

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