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Pakistan v England, 1st Test, Multan, 5th day

Trescothick: 'It's not going to knock us down'

Andrew Miller at Multan

November 16, 2005

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England's batsmen failed to show the right application after the stand between Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell was broken © AFP
Marcus Trescothick was understandably despondent after England's cricketers had crashed to an unexpected 22-run defeat on a thrilling final morning in Multan. Trescothick, who scored 193 in the first innings and took four sharp catches in the slips, led the side magnificently in the absence of Michael Vaughan, but his team now faces a tough ask at Faisalabad and Lahore if they are to secure a share of the three-match series.

"Obviously it's disappointing but it's not going to knock us down," said Trescothick. "They bowled pretty well on a wicket that was turning and Danish Kaneria is a world-class spinner. But we probably lacked a little bit of application. If we'd occupied the crease and batted a session out, runs would have come pretty easy."

Trescothick was adamant, however, that England would not seek to change their attacking style of play. Though Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen were both culpable as England squandered their wickets in a blaze of strokeplay, he backed his batsmen to come good. "It's the reason they've become the players they are," he said. "Nine times out of ten it would have come off, and that's the reason we win games. If they see the ball they hit it hard.

"I thought we would knock them off pretty comfortably," he added. "Obviously there'd be a struggle here and there against a legspinner on a fifth-day wicket, but I still expected us to win. I think they bowled well but all we needed was one partnership and suddenly things would have changed."

England's middle order has been decidedly lacking in runs on this tour, but Trescothick didn't agree that more time at the crease in the two warm-up fixtures would have made much difference. "I still believe that it's not so much the build-up to a Test that matters, but how you get out to the middle. It's all about timings, and whether the ball is reverse-swinging or spinning. It's lots of hard work."

England remain optimistic that Michael Vaughan will be fit to return for the second Test - he was seen in the nets during the fourth-day lunch interval - but Trescothick did not envisage any major changes to his team. "Obviously we've lost the game and we're disappointed, but we'll still prepare in the same fashion that we did building up to this game. It's stood us in good stead in the past couple of years, and there's no reason to change anything at the moment."

"Character is what we can always fall back on," he added. "We might have bad sessions, we might have bad days, but if we stick together off the pitch, there's always something to fall back. We need to keep that team spirit and fight going in the team and prepare as a unit. That won't change for the rest of the trip."

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo

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Andrew Miller Andrew Miller was saved from a life of drudgery in the City when his car caught fire on the way to an interview. He took this as a sign and fled to Pakistan where he witnessed England's historic victory in the twilight at Karachi (or thought he did, at any rate - it was too dark to tell). He then joined Wisden Online in 2001, and soon graduated from put-upon photocopier to a writer with a penchant for comment and cricket on the subcontinent. In addition to Pakistan, he has covered England tours in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the World Cup in the Caribbean in 2007
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