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Trescothick saga not over yet

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Marcus Trescothick

England have taken their first steps towards easing Marcus Trescothick back into international cricket by naming him in a 30-man provisional squad for September's Twenty20 World Cup.

But the opener is by no means sure he is ready to return to action for his country and you have to say serious doubts remain over whether we will ever see him wear an England shirt again.

The need to bring him back has been heightened by an appalling lack of nous at the top of the order in one-day cricket.

That is not to say he would solve all of England's failings, for since the 2005 Ashes his stress-related illness appears to have transferred to his form with the bat.

He struggled desperately in the one-dayers in Pakistan and, by his own admission, had a rough time of it during last summer's programme.

In an interview with the BBC today he sounded far from confident that all the demons in his mind had been eradicated.

So can England really take to South Africa a man who came home early from India, sat out the Champions Trophy and World Cup, and left the Ashes tour nine days before the first Test?

Ashley Giles says the trip is short enough (three weeks) for him to cope with but the anxieties which have gripped him on previous tours appear capable of returning without warning.

Yes he has been much happier this season with Somerset but a lot of his runs have come within a safe distance of home.

Ian Botham believes the selectors should resist the temptation to bring him back into a struggling one-day team, saying the pressure of having to get England off to flying starts will do neither party any favours.

I'm inclined to agree but I do appreciate that alternatives are hardly jumping out in front of David Graveney and Peter Moores.

What do you think?

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comment by madfor4 (U6248038)

posted Jul 13, 2007

wideboy...I concur

Manta337... who are these "people in the know?"

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posted Jul 13, 2007

And I thought it was women who were idle gossips

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posted Jul 13, 2007

Trescothick has been England's best opener for a while. He has showed his quality for Somerset this season. I reckon that Vaughan should be recalled for the ODI'S and both should open. They complement each other well. Vaughan should be captain as well - he's the best captain in the world.

England ODI Team:

1. M. Trescothick
2. M. Vaughan (cpt)
3. A. Cook
4. K. Pietersen
5. P. Collingwood
6. A. Flintoff
7. M. Prior
8. L. Plunkett
9. J. Anderson
10. M. Hoggard
11. M. Panesar

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posted Jul 14, 2007

Sorry, wouldn't be happy to have MT back. I just feel that having signed an ECB contract there was suddenly a 'mental' problem with touring. If he is so 'mentally' frail it seems to me that all the opposition team have to do is to work on this to expose a weakness.

Great backward step. Only a shame that Andy Strauss is so badly out of form that the selectors are even considering it.

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posted Jul 15, 2007

PSmasher, you want a top three that seem unable to score runs? cook at 3? what's his strike rate? less than 50 i reckon. Vaughans strike rate in ODI? probably similar to cooks.

Team should be

Tescothick
Prior
Bell
Pietersen
Collingwood
Flintoff
Yardy
Plunkett
Broad
Panesar
S.Jones

not sure about bowlers. sidebottom deserves a place and is accurate. anderson also deserves a place because he can be great, but inconsistant, same with plunkers. S.Jones is just amazing.

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posted Jul 15, 2007

What makes Jones amazing?

Unfortunate for him but he spends most of his time with the physio and great bowlers spend most of their time bowling.

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posted Jul 15, 2007

JonesyNo1 wat are u on bout cook he will be a better number 3 than bell. Why yardy he is one of the most untalented crickters i have seen.

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posted Jul 16, 2007

WHY BELL???
HE MIGHT BE A GOOD TEST PLAYER BUT AS FOR A 1DAY PLAYER REMEMBER THE WORLD CUP WHEN HE BLOCKED A MAIDEN IN POWER PLAYS SAY NO MORE
MY TEAM

TRESCO
PRIOR
FLINTOFF
KP
SHAH
COLLY CAPT
BOPARA
DIMITRI
BROAD
ANDERSON
MONTY

AND MY 4 SQUAD PLAYERS PLUNKETT SIDEBOTTOM SOLANKI BLACKWELL

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posted Jul 25, 2007

If England had Waugh (S), Gilchrist, Tendulkar, Kallis and Ponting then I am pretty certain we would have players who have played 300 plus ODIs...

A combination of bad management at all levels of the game and lack of talent leads us to being the tinkermen of the one day game unfortunately.

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