Trescothick retires from international cricket

It’s eerie how things can develop. After writing about the plight of Marcus Trescothick on here a few days ago, it seems that his “stress-related illness” has finally beaten him, and he has announced his retirement from international cricket.

“I have tried on numerous occasions to make it back to the international stage and it has proved a lot more difficult than I expected,” he told the Somerset website. “I want to extend my playing career for as long as possible and I no longer want to put myself through the questions and demands that go with trying to return to the England team.”

Judging from a disasterous (if somewhat exciting…) start to the final Test in Napier, his absence makes you wonder what impact it could have on the Test side. Pietersen, much discussed for adopting a “mature” batting style recently, went back to his old self. Without doing so, England could have lost the game before lunch.

Anyway, that’s irrelevant. As conceded in the previous post, all that matters is if he gets better. Hopefully he will, and Somerset will reap the benefits, as well as Tresco himself. He will be remembered as perhaps the most consistent batsman England have had over the last decade, with an average of 43.79 from his 76 Tests.



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One response to “Trescothick retires from international cricket

  1. Adam Leese

    It is now over two months since Tresco announced his international retirement and so far this season it certainly appears to have paid dividends. With a County Championship average of 71.85 at the time of writing, Somerset are well placed for a championship challenge this year, and this must have a lot to do with his decision to stand down from the England scene.

    With regards to the current England batting line-up, I watched incredulously this last weekend’s action from a rather windy Old Trafford. A team all out in their first innings for just over 200 against a New Zealand team who can be described as mediocre at best, then went on to put on a greatly matured second innings and secure a 6 wicket victory after a rather large run-chase.

    Kevin Pietersen undoubtedly England’s most talented individual cannot be called world class while he gives his wicket away far too cheaply, far too often. A ridiculous run-out on 42 could in other circumstances have cost England the match, and sent in a drastically out of form Paul Collingwood, a shadow of the man who became the only Englishman since the 1920s to score a double century in Australia in the last winter’s Ashes tour. Boycott-esque Andrew Strauss got his century, but lacks any real consistency, just three test matched ago he looked certain to be dropped. Vaughan is Vaughan, solid if unspectacular, but what worries me is the mid order. Paul Collingwood is out of form, as is Ian Bell, the perennially injured Andrew Flintoff has gone from talismanic all rounder, to a bowler who can bat a little bit, and wicketkeeper Ambrose really needs to up his game if he wants to be considered an automatic selection for the side.

    Given their unconvincing win over the Windies this week, Australia are probably not looking ahead to next year’s Ashes just yet, but unless England start to play to their potential, the result looks a foregone conclusion.

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