Phil Mustard backs Durham to get on the winning track

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DURHAM must not lose their heads in the pursuit of points and success.

That is the message from skipper Phil Mustard, ahead of the County Championship clash away to Warwickshire.

Geoff Cook’s side head into tomorrow’s game at Edgbaston, 37 points behind a Warwickshire side that sits top of the Division One table.

While that gap is far from insurmountable at this early stage of the season, Durham know they need to win soon if they are to present a serious title challenge.

The men from the Emirates ICG are sitting bottom in the league standings on 13 points, but Mustard isn’t ready to panic.

He said: “I really think it is just a matter of time before we get up and running as far as wins on the board are concerned.

“You can’t let yourself get too anxious about it. We have to go out and play our game to the best of our ability, at the end of the day that’s all anyone can do.”

Durham’s opening game of the campaign at home to Nottinghamshire ended in defeat, which Mustard admitted was a disappointment.

But since then his side have been by and large at the mercy of the weather, with their second game against Middlesex at Lord’s ending in a rain-affected draw.

Last week’s trip to face Surrey at the Kia Oval was even worse with not a single ball bowled in anger before the clash was scrapped due to the weather.

Mustard is the first to admit that not being able to get out on the pitch is frustrating, but says it is something the squad must deal with.

“We can’t worry about things we can’t affect,” he said.

“We all know what the weather can be like at this time of year and it’s disappointing when you are stuck in the pavilion unable to play.”

Mustard is hopeful that a lack of action last week will mean his side are hungry for the battle when play gets under way tomorrow (11am start).

“We know what we need to do,” he said. “We go into to every match with a gameplan, and if we execute it properly, we shouldn’t be too far away.

“We need to dig in and work hard, and take our opportunities when they come our way.”

Warwickshire will prove a stiff test for the visitors particularly with the likes of England aces Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott available.

But it isn’t just the England duo who will prove a threat, so far this term the Edgbaston outfit have beaten Somerset by two-wickets, and they defeated champions Lancashire by five wickets in their following match.

Both Varun Chopra and Darren Maddy have made centuries already this term, while Chris Wright and Keith Barker have proved successful with the ball.