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Tres rules himself out of England tours

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by greyblazer (U6904922) 25 July 2007
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It is sad to see that Tres has ruled himself out of winter tours to Lanka, Newzealand, and 20/20 WC due to stress related illness.I think he might not play again for England but whatever it is he was a very good opener who played some superb innings.So I hope he gets recognised for doing very well as a player but it does seem that his career as an international player is in jeopardy.

Anyhow I think he did well by informing the selectors well before the selection of actual squads this time around.Finally I would like to remember him as a player who played some marvellous innings like at Wanderers, Galle, Edgebaston, Oval,Multan etc.Well done Marcus though I dare say we might not see him again.

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posted Jul 26, 2007

I can understand the legitemate concerns about Tresco's future.

However, I think that he has made this latest decision in good time and has shown respect to his team mates in so doing. I don't agree that he should have to account to the public for his illness. I am not sure whether people fully appreciate how debilitating stress related illnesses can be.

I think that the 'we can't let this jessie face Australia' attitude is ridiculous. Tresco's battle is within not with the oposition - who respect him anyway.

I wish MT a speedy recovery and hope that he can be happy and refreshed. I don't think that anyone is qualified to question his commitment and dedication.

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comment by Dave L (U3238270)

posted Jul 26, 2007

“Tresco's battle is within not with the oposition - who respect him anyway.”

Like it or not, very little of that respect, even if it exists, would manifest itself in the middle when Trescothick was batting. Opposing “sledgers” will seize upon anything to undermine confidence. There’s no way of knowing, however, how much this has been a factor in his decision.

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posted Jul 26, 2007

If people have to ask why he doesn't explain his problem to the nation, then they will never really understand his situation and shouldn't be judhing him. A nervous breakdown (or "stress related problems") is incredibly emotional, difficult to cope with and tough to talk about. Most people who suffer from it tell very few people they know, let alone the whole nation of strangers. This is because they know that people won't understand - which most of the time they don't - and also because they probably can't understand it themselves. They have a right to this choice of privacy and playing cricket for your country doesn't remove this right.

There could be any number of reasons why he is playing for Somerset and not England, but in general his specific symptoms will significantly worsen when he experiences more stress in general. Playing for his country would mean a huge elevation in stress levels.

The name for his problem is wishy-washy and makes it seem small and insignificant, but in truth it is a horrible illness which is very difficult to recover from. The fact he is still striving toplay cricket shows his commitment to the sport and I hope he recovers sufficiently to play for the country again.

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comment by Turvey (U6802461)

posted Jul 26, 2007

Oh dear - how more pathetic can it get. His career affords him a significantly more privileged life-style than most and certainly less hardship. Either Trescothick has to get a grip and quit looking for excuses or the selectors step up to the plate and cut him loose - permanently. Quit the pussy-footing around - it's as unsettling on the stomach as off milk

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posted Jul 26, 2007

Tresco was and still is an amazin player, just look at his 1st class stats this season. If he wants 2 come back to international duty then that is a major positive for england in the one dayers. But in tests we have a new breed in cook and shah coming through. But whatever he decides he will still in my mind be one of englands greatest openers

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posted Jul 26, 2007

"Oh dear - how more pathetic can it get. His career affords him a significantly more privileged life-style than most and certainly less hardship. Either Trescothick has to get a grip and quit looking for excuses or the selectors step up to the plate and cut him loose - permanently. Quit the pussy-footing around - it's as unsettling on the stomach as off milk"

Oh dear..that really is quite an ignorant reaction and the type of predictable misunderstanding of the situation which prevents Trescothik being more open about his problems. You make it sound as if Markus chose to have this problem and somehow he shouldn't have it as he had a prestigious lifestyle. It doesn't happen like this.

I'm sure people with a mental illness (Which is what this is despite the various other names) will be kicking themselves when they realise all they have to do is "get a grip" for their problems to be solved. Round of applause!

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posted Jul 26, 2007

As a cricket lover I'd just like to wish Marcus well and let's face it his long term well being is far more important than England winning a test match or two. Hopefully we will see him back in an England shirt when he is fully fit and firing on all cylinders but the main thing is that he takes as long as required to recover from his illness.

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posted Jul 26, 2007

Im just repeating vaughans comments by saying this, but the decision to not tour this winter, gives him enough time to fully overcome the illness and return to england, hes playing well for somerset atm supposedly when he is not 100% fit mentally what can he do when 100% fit who knows but i can wait to find out that answer, hope to see you in an england shirt again soon treso

PS. treso is better than strauss even in his current condition.

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posted Jul 26, 2007

An extraordinary array of comments about Trescothick's decision. I would like to refer you to an article by Gus Fraser in the Independent today in which he acknowledges the tremendous contribution Tres has made to the national team and gives a very balanced view of the situation. As Fraser says 'he owes English cricket nothing'. He doesn't own cricket fans anything either.

I must say I feel rather heartened by the understanding and sympathy which the England selectors have shown, unlike some contributors to this website. I have see utter ruthlessness and immorality in 'the men in suits' (and I hasten to add, in a few women also). I have known and worked with people who think always and only of money and what they can squeeze out of people, the worst managers I have ever had to endure were of this kind.

My hope is that Vaughan is right and that eventually Trescothick will come back to the national team but whatever decision is taken, Tres must be treated with complete respect.

I have myself suffered from depression (it took me a long time to recover from it) and the 'pull yourself together' approach advocated by some on this site I can assure you achieves precisely nothing except to make the sufferer feel even more guilty than s/he does already, thus exacerbating the problem.

I wish Tres all the very best and will continue to enjoy the archive footage of him biffing the ball all round the park.

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posted Jul 26, 2007

There were rumours in the West Indies that the Tres saga involved a dalliance with another player's partner (and not an opening bowler).

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