Trescothick keen to help Strauss rebuild England’s one-day cricket

Tres5Somerset skipper Marcus Trescothick says he is eager to help Andrew Strauss’ rebuilding job following England’s disastrous World Cup campaign.

Strauss, the new director of English cricket, announced last week that he was setting up a working group to investigate the perilous state of England’s limited-overs cricket.

According to an interview with Trescothick in The Daily Telegraph at the weekend, the Somerset batsman is keen to offer Strauss his experience as the country’s leading one-day international century maker.

“I’ve not had any contact with Andrew or anybody yet,” Tres told Jonathan Liew. “But of course, it’s something I’d be very interested in helping out with. Especially while I’m playing at the moment, and seeing current players around the county circuit.”

Few players are as well qualified as Trescothick to serve on Strauss’s working group. In seven years of playing one-day international cricket, he scored 4,335 runs in 123 matches at an average of 37.37, including a highest score of 137. He currently lies in fifth place in the list of all-time England ODI run scorers, but only Kevin Pietersen (9) has made anywhere near the 12 centuries Trescothick made in England colours. He also scored 21 ODI half-centuries.

Trescothick is England's leading century maker in one-day cricket. Photograph by Alexander Davidson
Trescothick is England’s leading century maker in one-day cricket. Photograph by Alexander Davidson

In the Telegraph interview, Trescothick backed Strauss to do a good job as England supremo. “He’s a very strong guy, a strong character, very well liked when he played the game. And he’ll definitely be doing the job for the right reasons. It’ll take him a bit of time to get his feet under the table. But he will do a great job, no doubt about that. It was a great appointment.”

Trescothick would not be drawn on the issue of Kevin Pietersen’s non-selection beyond saying: “We’ve got to move on from the whole situation straight away. It’s all about the team gelling together, building a new future. That’s what the culture of the England team is all about.”

Trescothick played just three T20 internationals for England, scoring two half-centuries in the process, and told Jonathan Liew that it was hard to judge how different his game might have been had he grown up with T20 cricket.

“But I’ve always been a naturally aggressive player,” he acknowledged. “It took me long enough to work out how I was going to bat properly, to bat consistently in a Test match format. If T20 had been around, maybe it would have taken me a little bit longer.

“But it’s a good format to play in, because it frees you up a little bit. And it can help your four-day cricket, if you get the mindset right. You see more and more players that just play T20 cricket around the world. Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard travel the world playing in great competitions. Sadly, I missed out on that.”

You can read Jonathan Liew’s full interview with Trescothick on The Telegraph website here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricket/international/england/11610252/Marcus-Trescothick-ready-to-leave-the-quiet-life-to-answer-England-call.html