England opener Trescothick retires from international cricketMarch 22nd, 2008 - 9:56 pm ICT by admin
London, Mar.22 (ANI):England and Somerset opener Marcus Trescothick announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday.
Having suffered from a stress-related illness since 2006 Trescothick, 32, said he did not feel he was in a position to return to the high-pressure world of 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. 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,” Trescothick was quoted as saying on a Somerset website
Trescothick played 76 Test matches for England during which he scored 5825 runs and struck 14 centuries, including a top score of 219.
He also played 123 one-dayers,scoring 4335 runs at an average of 37.37 - second only to Alec Stewart as England’s leading one-day run-scorer.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time playing for England, and I am very proud of having been selected for 76 Test matches and over 120 ODIs. It has been great privilege to represent my country and I am grateful to the game of cricket for giving me the opportunity to excel at a sport that I enjoy so much. My desire to play cricket is as strong as it ever was. But, due to the problems that I have experienced, travelling abroad has become extremely stressful for me. I now think that it is in the best interests of all concerned that the issue is put to rest so that the England team can concentrate on moving forward, and I can concentrate all my efforts on playing well for Somerset,” he said.
Trescothick’s stress-related illness first surfaced in February 2006 when he pulled out of England’s tour of India, days before the first Test. Weeks later, he dispelled the rumours by admitting he had been suffering from a viral infection, though doubts lingered as to whether something more sinister - or long-term - persisted.
He subsequently pulled out of the 2006 Champions Trophy, pledging to get himself fit for the Ashes in November, but that was a tour too far. After flying home from Australia, the news emerged that Trescothick had broken down in the dressing room with a recurrence of the stress-related illness.
It was clear that any return to international cricket was not happening thereafter. (ANI)
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