Trescothick in mood to join century club

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Marcus Trescothick is hoping Headingley's familiar feel can reinvigorate his best form for England as they attempt to secure their Test series victory over Pakistan.

England have churned out six hundreds in opening up a 1-0 lead in the four-match series, although the Somerset opener's name has been conspicuous by its absence from that list. The 30-year-old Trescothick has mustered only 39 runs in three innings, in fact, but has fond recent memories of matches in Leeds, having struck consecutive one-day international hundreds there as well as a Test century on his last visit, against New Zealand in 2004. His Test average in Leeds is a respectable 45.5.

"Of course I want to get runs every time I go out to bat so it is not an ideal situation," Trescothick said. "I have not seen the ball as I would have liked to over the last couple of games or played as well as I can do - hopefully it will kick back in this week. Some grounds you pick the ball up better, whether this is one of those grounds I don't know but it always seems to work for me here."

Ironically, Trescothick stood out in the 5-0 one-day whitewashing by Sri Lanka earlier this summer as the one batsman capable of reaching three figures. Since then Alastair Cook and Ian Bell have both struck two hundreds, while Andrew Strauss and Paul Collingwood have had one each.

"We harped on about it during the one-day series and we know it's important whatever format of the game you play in," Trescothick said. "It is a mental thing to keep converting scores because that is what really makes the difference, big totals and winning games. It gives your bowlers time to rest and allows them to bowl with men around the bat."

England have undoubtedly dominated the encounters to date, shrugging off their limited-overs limitations and cantering to a three-day victory at Old Trafford last week. "We always knew we didn't need much to get back. We just needed a couple of performances from someone with bat or ball and it would turn around quickly," Trescothick said.

"Moving back into Test cricket where our record is a hell of a lot better than in one-dayers made it come back as quickly as we hoped. We have to be clinical and tough this week and get straight back into them.

"We've played really well against them twice now and we have got to do the same again. You have to be careful when people are wounded because they can bounce back quickly so we will concentrate on what we have done well and replicate it in this one."

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