Full name Marcus Edward Trescothick
Born December 25, 1975, Keynsham, Somerset
Current age 40 years 212 days
Major teams England, Somerset
Nickname Banger, Tresco
Playing role Opening batsman
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Fielding position Occasional wicketkeeper
Height 6 ft 3 in
Education Sir Bernard Lovell School
|Test debut||England v West Indies at Manchester, Aug 3-7, 2000 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Pakistan at The Oval, Aug 17-21, 2006 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England v Zimbabwe at The Oval, Jul 8, 2000 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Pakistan at Southampton, Sep 5, 2006 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v Australia at Southampton, Jun 13, 2005 scorecard|
|Last T20I||England v Pakistan at Bristol, Aug 28, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Nottinghamshire v Somerset at Nottingham, Jul 17-20, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||1993|
|Last List A||Surrey v Somerset at The Oval, Aug 20, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Somerset v Northamptonshire at Taunton, Jul 15, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Glamorgan v Somerset at Cardiff, Jun 13, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|218, 37*||Somerset||v Notts||Nottingham||17 Jul 2016||FC|
|35, 124||Somerset||v Middlesex||Taunton||10 Jul 2016||FC|
|8, 106||Somerset||v Pakistanis||Taunton||3 Jul 2016||FC|
|42||Somerset||v Hampshire||Southampton||26 Jun 2016||FC|
|53, 34||Smrst 2nd XI||v Kent 2nd XI||Canterbury||21 Jun 2016||Other|
|12, 56||Somerset||v Surrey||Taunton||28 May 2016||FC|
|8, 5||Somerset||v Middlesex||Lord's||22 May 2016||FC|
|97||Somerset||v Yorkshire||Taunton||15 May 2016||FC|
|12, 14||Somerset||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||8 May 2016||FC|
|5, 129*||Somerset||v Lancashire||Taunton||1 May 2016||FC|
A brutal left-handed opening batsman, Marcus Trescothick was one of the finest opening batsmen to play for England and also stood in as captain for two Tests and 10 ODIs. He was an automatic choice from the turn of the century until a stress-related illness intervened with him not much past his 30th birthday and forced his international retirement in 2008. The anxiety attacks he suffered, particularly when having to contend with long periods away from home and family, brought the issue of depression and stress in sport into sharp focus in the English game and there was general delight when he continued his county career at Somerset where his genial biffing of county attacks brought much entertainment at Taunton and elsewhere. The award of a one-year contract for 2016 by Somerset took him past his 40th birthday and again confirmed him as one of the stalwarts of the English game.
Capacious of build and comfortable of movement, he had a benign air at the crease which meant that when he bullied attacks, which he did often, he bullied them gently. Not particularly mobile in the field, he turned himself into a safe slip fielder. He was a key factor in England's change in fortunes and, most notably, spearheaded an aggressive approach against Australia in the Ashes win of 2005.
There was something biblical about Trescothick's early career: seven years of plenty as a schoolboy, seven years of famine when he reached the Somerset 1st XI. And lo, it came to pass in 1999 that he batted on a pacey pitch at Taunton against Glamorgan while Duncan Fletcher was their coach, and made a storming 167, with five sixes, when the next-best score was 50. When England needed a stand-in one-day opener in 2000, Fletcher, by then elevated to the England job, remembered Trescothick. He took to international cricket immediately. A true opener, he formed a habit of starting a series well with a mixture of expert leaves, crisp cover-drives, spanking pulls and fearless slog-sweeps.
Hefty, genial, and at ease on the big stage, Trescothick's first four England hundreds came in a losing cause, confirming his ability to keep his head while all around were losing theirs. Opening in Tests with Mike Atherton, Trescothick acquired the air of a senior player as if by osmosis - he joined the management committee on his first tour. All that stood between him and the highest level was a tendency to get out when well set, to make a breezy 20 or 30. He seemed to have conquered this with a domineering home season in 2002, but it reappeared - like so many English frailties - as soon as the team landed in Australia. Trescothick endured fluctuating fortunes over the next couple of seasons. He showed glimpses of his blazing best against South Africa in 2003, when he capped his season with a determined 219 (and 69 not out) in the astonishing series-levelling victory at The Oval, but his form slid away drastically in the Caribbean that winter.
The selectors never lost faith with him and, having stood in as captain for the first Test of the 2004 season, Trescothick cracked a pair of hundreds against West Indies at Edgbaston. At Johannesburg in 2004-05, he set up England's series victory with a brutal 180 on the final morning, and carried his domineering form into the home season. Having bullied 345 runs in two innings against the Bangladeshis, he made 431 runs against Australia in a memorable summer of 2005, as he - and England - finally got the better of the one nation that really mattered. He cracked 90 in the second Test at Edgbaston, underlining that this England side was not lying down. It ignited the summer, a hope-laden innings from a player who was widely praised as the most selfless of cricketers.
But his winter was cut short when he returned home suddenly from India under a cloak of secrecy, and after an indifferent summer it was announced he would miss the Champions Trophy as he was still recovering from a stress-related illness. He was included in the Ashes squad for the 2006-07 campaign Down Under but lasted less than two weeks before he was again boarding a flight back home with a recurrence of his illness.
His return to action started with Somerset and his 2007 form, plus England's continued failings in one-day cricket, meant he was recalled to England's preliminary 30-man squad for the Twenty20 World Cup. But he never made the cut, and, in March 2008, days after withdrawing at the last minute from Somerset's pre-season tour to the UAE - he was in an outlet of Dixons, the electrical store, when he decided he could not board the plane - he announced his retirement from international cricket. His candid autobiography, Coming Back to Me, was published in 2008, and told of his battle with the 'black wings' of depression.
The book had a cathartic effect. In 2009 he enjoyed one of his most prolific seasons yet, scoring nearly 3,000 runs for Somerset in all competitions. He was named captain following Justin Langer's decision not to return for 2010 and even overcame his reservations to take part in the county's Champions League campaign in India that October, although he flew home after the group stages.
Already enshrined in Somerset folklore, with a stand named in his honour, he nearly delivered the ultimate prize in 2010. His 1,397 runs at 58.20 helped Somerset enter the final day of the season knowing victory at Durham would be enough to win them their maiden County Championship. But time ran out on Somerset and Nottinghamshire achieved the bonus point they needed with three wickets after tea to snatch the title. Seemingly getting better with age, Trescothick plundered 1,673 runs in 2011 at a career-best season's average of 79.66. He also led Somerset to the finals of both the Friends Life t20 and Cyldesdale Bank 40, only to lose both. A year later, injury and poor weather resulted in a less-than-prolific season but, undeterred by his advancing years, Trescothick signed a new three year deal with Somerset in November 2012 but failed to score a century in any competition in 2013 - the first time in his career he has gone through a season without a three figure score. He recovered, in the first-class game at least, rattling up a formidable 1284 runs at 45.86 to help offset Somerset's relegation fears in 2015, including 210 not out in a vital late-season draw against Sussex at Hove, but he must have known as he headed for his 40th birthday on Christmas Day that his chances of leading Somerset to that elusive Championship title had diminished.
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NBC Denis Compton Award 1996,1997
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2005
Awarded the MBE in 2005