England opener Trescothick retires from international cricket

March 23rd, 2008 - 7:28 pm ICT by admin  

London, March 23 (IANS) England opener Marcus Trescothick, who went into a sabbatical midway into his career due to stress-related illness, has retired from international cricket. Trescothick, 32, pulled out of the tour of India in February 2006 citing stress-related problem and since then made several unsuccessful attempts to return to the national squad.

“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 in the Somerset website.

However, Trescothick will continue to play for his county side Somerset.

“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 England team can concentrate on moving forward, and I can concentrate all my efforts on playing well for Somerset.”

The left-hander played 76 Test matches scoring 5825 runs with 14 hundreds, which included a top score of 219.

In 123 ODIs, Trescothick cracked 4335 runs at 37.37 - second only to England’s leading one-day run scorer Alec Stewart.

“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,” Trescothik said.

Trescothick’s problems first came to light in February 2006 when he pulled out of England’s tour of India.

He again pulled out of the Champions Trophy in India later that year but promised to get fit for the Ashes in November. That never happened as mental fatigue again kept him out of the high-profile series.

Trescothick maintained that he was desperate to play for England again and had promising season with Somerset in 2007. But he pulled out of Somerset’s pre-season tour to the UAE a few weeks ago, and since then the writing was very much on the wall.

England captain, Michael Vaughan paid tribute to his former opening partner, saying: “On behalf of all the England players, I would like to thank Marcus for his contribution to the team. He has been an outstanding player for England in both forms of the game, a pleasure to captain, and a terrific influence on our dressing room,” Vaughan said from New Zealand.

“This is a tough decision for any international cricketer to make but I believe it is the right one for him and he has my full support as he now embarks on the next stage of his cricketing career.”

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