Trescothick set for India return
Monday 07 September 2009
Marcus Trescothick was this morning named in Somerset's 15-man squad to take part in the Champions League in India next month.
Trescothick's availability means he is set to return to the sub-Continent for the first time since having to leave England's tour of India in 2006 because of a stress-related illness.
The 33-year-old opening batsman never resumed his international career because his condition prevented him spending protracted time outside his native country.
Somerset, who announced their squad on their official website, are prepared to go to significant lengths to help Trescothick deal with his fears over travelling overseas.
"Marcus Trescothick is in the squad as ways are sought to enable the former England opener to overcome the problems with travelling abroad to play cricket he has experienced as a result of his stress-related illness," the club explained.
Trescothick's last attempt to continue his career as a tourist came in Somerset's pre-season trip to the Middle East in spring 2008.
On that occasion, he got only as far as Heathrow Airport - having previously managed to play one tour match in Australia at the start of the 2006/07 Ashes series, before he decided he had to return home.
Trescothick has since explained the devastating effect his illness can have on his state of mind, in his autobiography 'Coming Back to Me'.
He played a predictably significant part in helping Somerset reach the final of this summer's Twenty20 Cup and therefore qualify alongside winners Sussex for the high-profile and highly valuable Champions League.
Trescothick will be joined in India by teenager Jos Buttler, named as a batsman and wicketkeeping cover for Craig Kieswetter in a squad which will be captained by former Australia Test opener Justin Langer.
Somerset begin their campaign against Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad on October 10. The tournament lasts for two weeks, and Somerset will play a maximum of six matches.
Somerset's Champions League squad: J Langer (captain), M Trescothick, Z de Bruyn, J Hildreth, C Kieswetter (wkt), P Trego, A Suppiah, A Thomas, M Waller, C Willoughby, W Durston, M Turner, O Banks, J Buttler, B Phillips.
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