Relief for England: Trescothick to play on

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The England opener Marcus Trescothick is to stay with the squad in Pakistan. The 29-year-old had been considering flying to England following his father-in-law's serious accident at home.

Trescothick had discussed the matter with the England team management.

Captain Michael Vaughan, who had to sit out the first-Test defeat in Multan where Trescothick led the tourists in his absence, will be happy his unofficial vice-captain will be available for the second Test, which starts on Sunday.

Vaughan is himself hoping to return from a knee injury in time for the match in Faisalabad.

Trescothick's father-in-law is reported to be in hospital after falling from a ladder at home and suffering what are described as serious head injuries.

Trescothick said: "The past few days have been very traumatic for my family, and I am naturally extremely concerned for my father-in-law, whose condition is stable at present.

"Having discussed the situation both with my family and the England captain and coach, I have decided that I will remain with the squad and continue with my preparations for the second Test."

An England spokesman confirmed: "Marcus Trescothick has today advised the England team management that he will remain with the squad and be available for the second Test.

"His father-in-law is currently in hospital after sustaining a serious head injury in a domestic accident at the weekend."

Meanwhile, Vaughan is much more optimistic now than he was a week ago that he can recover in time to lead his team when they start the second rubber of a three-match series in Faisalabad.

Vaughan was restricted to jogging laps of the ground in Multan while his team flattered to deceive on the way to a 22-run defeat. But he claims his Ashes heroes showed enough to prove a match for Pakistan in the end.

"It is frustrating, but I was also very proud of the way they played," he said.

"The bowlers running in on that wicket to get 20 wickets certainly gives us hope to go and have a good and very successful remaining two Test matches.

"I hope in the next Test I can be part of it and we can play a similar standard of game, with the extra 10% added on to win."

If Vaughan does return he will be completing an astounding recovery, after crumpling in a heap at the crease and having to retire hurt in England's final warm-up match in Lahore 11 days ago.

"I thought the tour was over for me last week, but it is amazing that these things can turn around," he said.

"(England physio) Kirk (Russell) has worked almost day and night to try to get it right, and I am glad to be in a position where I could be playing again on Sunday - because I did not like watching."

Vaughan also notes that Pakistan have problems of their own, after the Multan umpires reported both seamer Shabbir Ahmed and off-spinning opening batsman Shoaib Malik to the International Cricket Council for suspect bowling actions.

The pair remain free during a mandatory 21-day consultation period to play in the last two Tests, but Pakistan may choose to make diplomatic changes.

"If both those players were to miss out, of course it is going to have an effect on their team," said Vaughan.

"They have just won a Test match, and I am sure they will want to go in with something very near to the same XI. Continuity when you win a game is quite important.

"I am sure they will have a couple of decent quality bowlers to come in and replace them. But it is never nice to affect the balance of the side when you have won a game."

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