England v Australia, NatWest Series, Durham June 24, 2005

Trescothick confident in England

Cricinfo staff



Trescothick: "I think the confidence and the spirit goes a lot deeper than losing one game" © Getty Images
Marcus Trescothick is confident England can bounce back from their 57-run defeat against Australia at Durham. Trescothick was standing in for Michael Vaughan, who missed the match with a groin injury, but watched as the England top-order was reduced to 6 for 3 by Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee.

Trescothick struggled for 15 balls until he was caught behind off McGrath for a duck, as England struggled to 209 for 9 in reply to Australia's 266 for 5, while the extra pace of Lee brought a renewed vigour to the Australian attack.

"I hope there's no long-term damage from this defeat," Trescothick told the Press Association. "I don't think so, judging by the guys who were sat around the balcony talking about it when we were watching the game. I think the confidence and the spirit goes a lot deeper than losing one game and I don't think it will hurt us too much.

"We're getting more and more experience all the time and that's the key to bouncing back from defeats, and it was good to see we didn't get bowled out at the end, that was really important for us. We were struggling for quite a long time and we could quite easily have folded in 40 overs, but we didn't and held out and that shows the character of the team."

England's next match is on Sunday at Headingley, while Australia now move onto Old Trafford for Saturday's clash against Bangladesh with their confidence and form clearly on an upward curve.

Ricky Ponting said he was delighted with Australia's performance: "The pressure we created with the ball and in the field was as good as it's been for a long time. What we've done is set a standard for ourselves again. That standard had been lowered in the last couple of games we'd played and we've got that standard right back up there. It's important for us all to understand what it is that's made us play at this level and we take it on for the rest of the series.

"It's our first win and we're not getting carried away with anything, but it's important we focus on the finer detail of our preparation and our play out in the middle. There's still some way to go yet, but we're just at the tip of the iceberg of what there might be to come from this team in the next few weeks."

England are expected to give Vaughan further treatment over the next couple of days before deciding whether he is fit enough to return against Bangladesh at Headingley. Australia have an injury concern over Michael Clarke after he was ruled out of the win at Durham with back trouble.