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      30.07.2004 22:10
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      Marcus Trescothick - Test Career Marcus Trescothick has been a superb find for English cricket. He has come a long way from his days at county side Somerset. He has been an integral part of the success England have recently enjoyed. He made his debut against the West Indies at Old Trafford in August of 2000. He is playing in his 50th test this week against New Zealand at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Since his debut has been an ever present for England and has contributed many runs in England games. He also captained the side at Lord's in the absence of skipper Michael Vaughan through injury. Trescothick has since returned to his role as vice captain. He is also a key fielder in the slips, but his form has dropped a bit of late as he's failing to cling on to some edges. TEST CAREER STATS Batting -------> Matches (Innings): 52 (97) Runs: 3848 Average: 42.92 High Score: 219 (v South Africa, The Oval) 50s: 24 100s: 7 Not Outs: 9 Ducks: 6 Fielding ------> Catches: 53 Most Catches per Match: 5 It seems like only yesterday that Trescothick first represented his country. He has held down his England place ever since his first selection and looks set to keep his place. He has been instrumental in giving the England innings a platform on which to build. As an opening batsmen his largely responsible for seeing off the new ball and setting the innings up. He has enjoyed many large partnerships with Michael Vaughan in the time they opened together. He has also shared good partnerships with his new partner Andrew Strauss in recent test matches against New Zealand. When Trescothick burst onto the international scene, it was clear to everyone that he was something special and most of all a bit different. His approach to batting is one rarely seen in England or elsewhere in the world for that matter. His stance is very upright, his legs remain very straight. He has very little back
      lift with the bat compared with many other cricketers. He doesn't really have much footwork which has both helped and hindered his progress as a player. He tends to play many of his strokes away from his body. These two factors allow Trescothick to score heavily with a simple free flowing strike of the ball. He does tend to lose his wicket often because of these two factors. He plays at deliveries outside off stump and gets caught behind. His lack of foot work also sees him given LBW a lot. There is now a bit more competition for the two opening spots in the England team. With Andrew Strauss bursting onto the scene in spectacular fashion with a century on his test match debut. Michael Vaughan has surrendered his opening slot to move down the order. This is in order to accomodate Strauss and to fill in for the retired Nasser Hussian at number four. Trescothick will be removed if he goes on an extended run of poor form but it would take a disaster for him to lose his place any time soon. Trescothick should enjoy the competition and he will be a much better batsmen for it. This is also good news for England. I do feel that Trescothick will go on to add to his current tally of six test match centuries. He is very composed and confident at the crease. Tresco has worked on batting and he is very consistent. His only run of really poor form came in the recent tour of the West Indies. Since then he has begun to find his form and looks in great touch. He may perhaps be a little disappointed that he hasn't converted many of his half centuries into tons. He has recorded nine scores between 70 and 98 and a 99. If he could have converted two or three of these his statistics would look a lot more healthy. However, when he does make a hundred he does tend to go on. He has a top score of 219, recorded against South Africa. Many batsmen tend to fall soon after reaching their century. Marcus has a bright future ahead of him and should hold onto hi
      s place in the England side for a long while. There is no reason why the maestro shouldn't go on to play 100 tests for England. His record is very impressive for an opening batsmen. His average is one that he should feel very proud of and should look to build upon in the future. He has also shown that he is a capable captain, should England require his services again in the future. In the latest Test Match up at Edgbaston, Trescothick notched up his 7th century in an England shirt. He has come into form this summer, following his disappointing tour of the Caribbean. He seems more settled and with Andrew Strauss now opening the batting with him he has been able to relax a little more.

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        30.08.2001 22:33
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        One of the brightest spots to come from the One Day and Ashes series was the continued emergence of Somerset opening batsman Marcus Trescothick. He has shown real promise with great attacking shots and getting plenty of runs on the board, continuing the good work from the West Indies series win last summer and a good winter tour last year. At 25 he is one of the few emerging talents to have made a place certain in the England team, and plays with such conviction, you feel he has been there for 10 years not 2. Local lad Trescothick has only ever played for Somerset, and earned his call up to the first class team at the tender age of 17. Born on Christmas Day 1975 in Keynsham, Somerset, he is relatively young for the England team at 25. He made his debut for Somerset in 1993, but was a disappointment, low scoring and poor average. In just his second full year he impressed enough to join the England U-19 team, as they hosted India where he scored big runs, one century and another double century. In his first full year for Somerset he averaged 48 run, with two centuries to his name, confirming his talent and potential. With a great record for the England U-19 he was not the shock find that many people first though when he made it into the test side. He was well known at Somerset as a future England batsman, and had a proven record for U-19 teams, scoring 1,000 runs for them. The test call came for Marcus for the summer of 2000, against a weak, but still the potent force of the West Indies. Earlier Trescothick had played for England A in the tour of 1998-99 in New Zealand and was called into the 2000 one day series to play against Zimbabwe and the West Indies, where he played good cricket and caught the eyes of many, especially the England selectors. Trescothick’s first full cap came against West Indies, at the age of 24 he played well, and scored a deserved half-century to mark the occasion. He played in three games as England won th
        e series and scored close to 200 runs at an average of nearly 50. He was impressive, enough so to earn him a call to play in the winter tours to Pakistan and Sri Lanka. On the tour he hit his first test century in Sri Lanka, as he was the star of English batting as England won the test, and also featured in the other games as England carried off another series win. Trescothick regained his place for the One Day triangular tournament that was such a disaster against Australia and Pakistan, but again Trescothick was one of the only bright sparks to come from it. He nearly best Sir Vivian Richards highest score in one-day games, with a huge score of 137, but England lost all their games. The Ashes was another disappointment, as England had high hopes with good previous series wins, but were firmly put back in their places by a strong Australian line up. Trescothick batted superbly in the first test, but England lost by an innings, and he was consistently good with his batting displays, picking up plenty of runs. Marcus was awarded a central contract for England for the summer and winter of 2001-02. Somerset was resigned to losing their star for plenty of games in the summer months. Central contracts mean that England owns the player, not his county. Earlier counties had become a bit fed up with losing their stars, being forced to even though they still paid for them. They could have, in theory call the players back, but under the new system the players are paid by the English Cricket Board (ECB) and only play for their county when allowed to by the bosses at the ECB. Somerset in particular are a small team, with two stars, Andy Caddick and Trescothick who are constantly on international duty, and have felt the force a little bit. A left handed batsman, and a useful right handed medium pace bowler, Trescothick has found himself as the first choice partner to open the England batting, with the now retired Michael Atherton. He has a naturally aggressiv
        e style, which is effective, and more often than now interesting to watch. He can hit the ball hard, especially when hitting his favourite shots, the cut and a front foot drive. His batting stance is a bit out of the ordinary, he stands tall and straight, compared to others who crouch down when receiving a bowler’s delivery. Not exactly the fastest between the wickets, but a good one day cricketer, he is also a useful bowler at first class level, and has got a hat-trick in first class cricket, one of the few in the current England squad to have done so. (now there is a good quiz question). He opens the batting for England, and usually for Somerset when he does turn out. A good opening bat, he is unafraid, good off the front foot, good at picking gaps, and a superb timer of the ball. In the field he is a regular in the slips, and can also field in the covers, he has a reputation for England to be the official ‘ball shiner’, in he can work up a good shine on the new cricket ball, to help the bowlers swing the ball. Overall I an a big fan of Marcus Trescothick, and feel with Uzman Afzaal, Owais Shah and Collingwood he represents a good future of English cricket. Atherton and Stewart will be a loss to England’s batting this winter, and the pressure will be on Marcus to produce the goods with the bat. I for on think he can, and as a local (well Devon is close to Somerset) this may be a bit biased, but he is defiantly one of the vital players for England now. Averages First Class Batting Matches 114 Innings 190 Not Out 8 Runs 5,744 Average 31.56 50s 33 100s 8 Highest Score 190 Bowling Overs 408.4 Runs 1,417 Wickets 36 Average 39.38 Best Bowling 4-36 Test Match Batting Batting Matches 16 Innings 30
        Not Out 1 Runs 1,071 Average 36.93 50s 7 100s 2 Highest Score 122 Bowling Overs 20 Runs 52 Wickets 1 Average 52.00 Best Bowling 1-34 One-Day International Batting Matches 21 Innings 21 Not Out 1 Runs 738 Average 36.90 50s 4 100s 1 Highest Score 137 Bowling Overs 6.4 Runs 38 Wickets 2 Average 19.00 Best Bowling 2-7 Limited Overs Cricket Batting Matches 131 Innings 121 Not Out 15 Runs 3,402 Average 32.09 50s 17 100s 4 Highest Score 122 Bowling Overs 270.5 Runs 1,317 Wickets 50 Average 26.34 Best Bowling 4-50

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          18.05.2001 22:09
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          What a great player Marcus Trecothick is.He has been on the cricket scence now for quite a few years and i cant believe that England have only just found out this mans talent.He has got to be one of the best players England have had in quite a few number of years.As you can see from some of the one day matches he has participated in he has made a huge contribution to Englands perfomances in the one day matches.He is a great player and i think there is still more to come from this amazing talent. The thing that makes him quite hard to bowl at is that he is a left hander and we have seen this in many matches. He has performed fantasically in the test matches making his debut 100 which is a sign of what is still to come and i think for now into the future him and atherton will continue to score highly and make England get better

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          03.12.2000 14:51
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          Marcus Trescothick has come in to the England team this year and looked equally at home in both one-day internationals and in the Test Match arena. The Somerset left-handed batsman has used his simple, but effective technique to destroy some of the best bowling in the world, notably Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose, scoring an impressive 262 runs at an average of 43.66 from his first 4 Test Matches. After his first Test, he could ha been called the best batsman in the history of cricket, with an average of over 100! He leaves most deliveries outside the off stump, but when he does decide to attack a wider ball he plays through the line of the ball, rather than pushing at it like some other England batsmen. This reduces the chance of being caught in the slips. When Marcus Trescothick does hit the ball it is as powerfully as any other player, perhaps with the exception of Andrew Flintoff. It was in the one-day form of the game, however, where Trescothick first made his name. I was lucky enough to be there as he hammered 81 in his first international, against Zimbabwe at the Oval. He only got in the team because of injuries, but it was clear from this first game that he would become a key part of England's set-up. In his 12 one-day internationals to date, Trescothick has scored 441 runs at an average of just over forty, and his useful medium pace has earned him a best of 2-7. Trescothick is also a useful close fielder and is the 2nd top scorer of all time in the England Under 19 team, second to John Crawley. Still only 24 years old, Trescothick, who has formed a superb opening partnership with Michael Atherton, could be a future England captain.

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            07.11.2000 16:57
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            Marcus Trescothick, nicknamed Banger due to his penchant for finest Saveloys (well he's a Somerset boy and the butchers make there own so it is very understandable!), has to have been the player who has best seized his chance when handed to him. Brought into the squad as a result of an injury, Marcus played with the composure that has often been lacking with England's young guns in recent years. On the tour to Pakistan he again performed solidly in the one day series, and will hopefully continue to do so in the Test Series. Of course he is far from the finished article. He has yet to convert his fifties into centuries, having only scored one ton for England (that was in a non-international warm-up match.) Hopefully though he can get some runs under his belt and score heavily against Pakistan. Of course he looks very likely to get a central contract in 2001, which will rob Somerset of his presence, and he has a great cricketing brain, and we have missed his contributions as vice captain this season. Possibly he might be a long term candidate for England captain, hopefully having got a lot of test runs and one day international runs under his belt. For Somerset his bowling has been a bit expensive on occasions, but with a bit of work on it, he could well become a useful mid-innings bowler internationally, or a partnership breaker. He certainly can field and is very powerful with the bat. Carry on Banger!

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              05.11.2000 00:36

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              The world was introduced to Marcus Trescothick this summer in the Natwest One Day Tournament. England were very successful and they won the tournament. The top run scorer was Alec Stewart who played extremely well. The second top run scorer was...Brian Lara? No! Graeme Hick? No! It was some guy called Marcus Trescothick. It was a marvellous achievement for a man never heard of previously. In his first game his scored an impressive 79 runs and in another game he hit 87 runs. Marcus was recently introduced to the Test Match game and England also won that Test Series against the West Indies. Marcus can also bowl but if he is to be known as one of the greatest all-round players ever, he will need to improve this. Marcus Trescothick...what a brilliant talent.

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              14.10.2000 20:55
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              So, it looks as if the England selectors have finally found a player who does not flop on his first games, come in and out of form or 'take time to settle in to the change of pace'. In fact, he looks like one of the most promising players that England have had for years, with already one good series under his belt and seems to perform as well on the one day occassions as the big test ones. This player seems confatable opening the batting at the top for England and I think that he will turn out to be a very promising, good world class player for England. Lets just hope that he manages to stay clear of all the bribes and drugs that seem to be plagueing the sport of Cricket at the moment!

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              23.07.2000 18:23

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              I think the English selecters have no choice but to put Marcus Trescothick into the England team for the test matches against West Indies. He has proved how good, patient and aggresive he really is, and will be a good player for the future if kept in the team. Good quality young English players are starting to emerge now, but the selecters need to give thm a chance. Personally I thought Alex Tudor bowled pretty well in his debut, and he scored 99 not out as a night watchman, and was never put in the team again. Well if thats giving him a chance, then im the Queens mum. I hope for Englands future, that the selecters see what talent Trescothick has and they give some other youngsters a chance to shine.

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              22.07.2000 23:52

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              I know one-day and test match cricket are very different but surely Marcus Trescothick deserves a chance in future test matches. He has truly shone during the recent one-day series, with some wonderful strokes. His timing and hitting of the ball is quite supreme and although he has one or two technical flaws his confidence high and his form is there. He would be an excellent addition to the England Test Match batting order. He is flexible enough to fit in anywhere in the batting line up, and recent collapses show a good middle-order batsman is needed. He can if pushed also open at Test Match level and hey lets face it, anyone is better than Mark Ramprakash. He can also bowl a bit and has shown some good form bowling in the county championship for Somerset. I see little option for the England selectors other than to drop Flintoff or Ramprakash and bring in Trescothick, just give him a chance, he may be just what the test team needs.

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              21.07.2000 04:54
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              After the successful recalls of Dominic Cork and Michael Vaughan, the English selectors are in the unusual position of having made some positive decisions. However, by far their best accomplishment has been the inclusion of Marcus Trescothick in the one-day side, even if it did take timely injuries to Hussian and Knight to force his inclusion. In his first 5 games he has looked completely unfazed, playing with good technique and composure, averaging 52, and being the leading run scorer in this tournament thus far. Compared to the recent failures of Adams and Maynard, it is nice to see the selectors choosing young inform players. Although it is too soon to suggest that Trescothick is the ideal man to open England’s test order, he looks the perfect long term partner for Michael Vaughan. After the persistence with Butcher and Knight in an attempt to find a life handed opener, it seems they have the perfect man in Trescothick. It just remains to be seen whether the selectors will do the sensible thing when the test series resumes and jettison Ramprakrash after his constent failures and play Trescothick in his place.

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              21.07.2000 00:54
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              Marcus trescothick has had an up and down cricketing career. he is a product of the england youth development system, and came through the ranks as a star for england u-19's, u-21's. however, on hitting the county scene, marcus struggled to find his feet, and took a long time to settle in. However, trescothick has now found his feet at somerset, and has showed us what he is capable of in the tri-series with the west indies and zimbabwe, and will surely figure in the last three tests against the west indies. however, although he is an undoubted talent, it would be wrong to expect too much of him too soon. he needs time to adjust to the test arena, just like many other quality batsmen ( i believe gooch got a pear on his debut). i also believe trescothick needs to do a bit more work on his fitness, as his running between the wickets suffers because of it. however, overall i believe trescothick is a great test prospect, and in 4 or 5 years time he should be opening with vaughan.

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              20.07.2000 13:53
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              What a great player Marcus Trecothick is.He has been on the cricket scence now for quite a few years and i cant believe that England have only just found out this mans talent.He has got to be one of the best players England have had in quite a few number of years.As you can see from some of the one day matches he has participated in he has made a huge contribution to Englands perfomances in the one day matches.He is a great player and i think there is still more to come from this amazing talent

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              18.07.2000 17:45
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              To see a young english player selected whilst in the full bloom of good form and delivering each time he is tested, is absolutely incredible. When was the last time it happened? He appears to have all the necessary attributes to remain there for a good while yet. Let's hope that the acts as a talisman for the hopes that all english crciket foster. Let's also hope that he is given a fair crack of the whip by the fickle and often destructive media.

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                18.07.2000 08:00
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                Marcus Trescothick has shown some fabulous form in the one day internationals. He leads the batting averages superbly with an average of 81.33 runs and also leads the bowling averages (even though he only bowled 3.4 overs). He has hit England into the Triangular One Day Final and deserves his place in the test against the West Indies. Even though he may not do so well on his test debut he should be given a chance of playing a few test matches before we can say he is, or isn’t good enough to play at test level.

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                17.07.2000 02:17
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                Marcus Trescothick has already shown much promise as an opener for England. So far, he has maintained a very high standard, averaging well above 50. This is a great start for him and now he must be brought in for the Test team. England have been looking for an opener for some time, and with the lack of success achieved by Mark Ramprakash in that position, Trescothick should come in to replace him as soon as possible.

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