The Ashes 2009 August 13, 2009

I don't want it enough - Trescothick

Cricinfo staff

Marcus Trescothick seems to have decisively ruled out a return to international cricket, ending all speculation - fuelled in part by his own ambivalence - about a dramatic comeback to the England national team for the Ashes-deciding Oval Test next week.

"I've gone too far down the line in battling my stress problems to change my mind about now ending my England career," he wrote in his column in the Evening Post.

"My wife, Hayley, and I did talk about what my reaction should be if I were asked and we ended up having a good chuckle about it," he wrote. "She was prepared to back me if I wanted to play at The Oval and part of us both fancied the thought of getting involved again.

"But it just didn't feel right. Nothing in me made me feel I had to do it so I came to the conclusion that I don't want it enough."

Trescothick, 33, has refused to come out of international retirement on several occasions, the latest of which was ahead of the World Twenty20, when Strauss requested him to make himself available for selection.

He said Strauss had called a few days back, but not to talk about a possible England recall. "Andrew Strauss did ring me over the last few days, but it was to ask me to play in a golf day for him," he said. "We did talk about England, but there was nothing direct about my involvement and he knows I won't be reconsidering."

Trescothick, a key component of England's 2005 Ashes success, has aborted tours to India and Australia due to a stress-related illness, which prompted him to retire from international cricket in March 2008

England's brittle batting folded cheaply twice in Headingley, squandering their Ashes lead and leaving the selectors desperately searching for alternatives. With 1330 runs at 78.23, Trescothick is the leading run-scorer in county cricket, making him a contender for a place in the XI for the final Test.