Ashes 2009 August 11, 2009

I'll listen if asked about recall - Trescothick

Cricinfo staff

Marcus Trescothick has not ruled himself out of next week's Ashes-deciding Oval Test, though he did not commit either to a return to international cricket, from which he retired in March 2008.

Trescothick is the leading run-scorer in county cricket this year, with 1330 runs at 78.23, but has doused murmurs of an international comeback several times since his retirement due to stress-related illness.

In his latest comments, however, he was ambivalent about a possible return. "No one has spoken to me or said anything to me on the issue," he said. "If I was asked, I don't know. I'm retired. I'm done. If they threw questions at me, I would listen. But until they do I can't answer.

"I am just carrying on what I am doing at Somerset. Anything else is so hypothetical at the moment. It's always nice to be thought of. Of course it is. But people are talking about it more than I am thinking about it."

England are desperately looking to shore up their batting, after twin failures in Headlingley allowed Australia to square the Ashes at 1-1. England's national selector Geoff Miller, however, said Trescothick was "not a part of our [selectors'] thoughts at this moment in time".

"Marcus has many times said he's retired from international cricket, and until I hear contrary to that, he will not be a part of the selection process," Miller told Cricinfo.

In April, Trescothick had turned down a request from Andrew Strauss to make himself available for selection to the squad for the World Twenty20.

Trescothick, 33, has collected 5825 runs in 76 Tests, the last of which was the controversial Oval Test against Pakistan in 2006.