Thursday, 2 November 2006

The trouble with Trescothick

As the Ashes approaches, I will be assessing every Englishman’s chances of success down under. I will start with Marcus Trescothick.

Trescothick pulled out of the ICC Champions Trophy on account of his stress-related illness, though he has since professed to being in perfect mental condition ahead of the Ashes.

But I am not overly hopefully. Since his 193 in Pakistan last year, things have gradually deteriorated for Trescothick. If he is truly in peak condition, he should benefit from the absence of nemesis Jason Gillespie and the apparent decline of Glenn McGrath and enjoy a triumphant winter, especially given his aptitude playing spin. But, if my fears are correct and he is unable to focus entirely on the cricket, then Trescothick’s average will be considerably nearer the 26 in 2002/03 than the 43 he averaged in England last year.

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