Mustard ends Gloucestershire stint

07 April 2018 08:32:15 EST

Gloucestershire wicketkeeper-bastman Phil Mustard has left the Division Two outfit by mutual consent.

The 35-year-old joined the county from Durham in 2016 after enjoying an initial successful loan spell at Bristol.

He was a regular part of the team in 2017, often taking the captaincy in Chris Dent's absence.

Mustard averaged 28.65 in Division Two last year as Gloucestershire finished sixth in the table, while they came home eighth in the South Group of the One-Day Cup, while they came home bottom of the South Division in the T20 Blast.

The left-hander earned England recognition in his younger days, playing 10 one-dayers and two T20, with his last international appearance coming in February 2008.

With just under a week to go until the start of the County Championship, Mustard has now left the club by mutual consent.

He says he has already decided on his next venture but is yet to make a public announcement.

A statement on the club's website read: "I would like to thank everyone at Gloucestershire CCC for the opportunity to represent the Club in 2016 and 2017.  It has been an honour and something I have greatly enjoyed however both parties feel now is the right time to move in a different direction. 

"I am now looking forward to my next challenge on the field with great excitement."

Gloucestershire are 12/1 to win the County Championship Division 2, with Middlesex 6/4, Warwickshire 4/1 and Sussex priced at 11/2.

Meanwhile England are 3/1 to win the 2019 World Cup on home soil, with Australia 10/3 and India 9/2.

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