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Marcus Trescothick, the prolific England and Somerset opener, has announced that he will retire from professional cricket at the end of the current English domestic season. He amassed 5825 Test and 4335 ODI runs.
The 43-year-old made his first-class debut way back in 1993 for Somerset against the Neil Fairbrother-led Lancashire side. He also made an impression in the England Under-19 versus India in 1994 where he compiled a brilliant 140 in the second innings of the Youth Test at Leeds.
However, it was in September 1999 when he caught the eye of the then England coach Duncan Fletcher when he composed a splendid 167 off just 187 balls against a Glamorgan attack that comprised Jacques Kallis, Steve Watkin, Darren Thomas and Co. Eventually, when Nick Knight injured his finger after the second Test versus West Indies in 2000, the southpaw made his ODI debut in the tri-series that also involved Zimbabwe.
He also made an impression in his maiden Test versus the West Indies at Old Trafford that season, ending up with a gritty 66 in the first essay. He went on to represent England with distinction - finishing with 14 and 12 Test and ODI hundreds respectively. He also led his country in 10 Tests.
Trescothick's highest individual Test score of 219 came versus South Africa in The Oval Test in 2003. His innings also paved the way for England to script a famous come-from-behind victory. The opener also played a pivotal role in England's Ashes triumph in 2005, accumulating 431 runs.
Unfortunately, during the tour of India in 2006, he suffered a stress-related illness. He returned to action when Sri Lanka visited the shores of England that year and also partook in the four-match Test series versus Pakistan. However, after pulling out of the Champions Trophy to get himself fit for the subsequent Ashes in Australia in 2006-07, he again broke down due to the aforementioned illness and never again played for England. He retired from internationals in March 2008.
However, he continued to be a prolific run-getter for Somerset in England's domestic circles. In the 2009 County Championship, the left-handed batsman was in sublime touch, cracking 1817 runs at a stunning average of 75.7. During the same season, he was also in good nick in the domestic T20 tournament, finishing with 323 runs. Unfortunately for Trescothick and Somerset, the County yet again couldn't cross the final hurdle in both the tournaments.
Two years later, the veteran batsman, now as the captain of the Somerset side, again showed his class and quality with 1673 runs against his name. However, his runs weren't enough to pilot Somerset to their maiden Championship title. After six years in charge as the captain of Somerset, Trescothick resigned in January 2016. The seasoned campaigner, though, continued to be a mainstay of the batting unit, capsulised by the 1353 runs he aggregated that season.
In his final season for the County, the veteran has found runs hard to come by, with just 145 runs to his name so far. However, with Somerset at top of the points table at present, Trescothick would hope that the County would shrug off the tag of bridesmaids and win their inaugural Championship title.
"It's been an incredible 27 years and I've loved every minute of it," he said. "However, everything has to come to an end eventually. I've been discussing my future with the Club and my family for a while and we felt that now was the appropriate time to make this announcement in order for both the Club and I to put plans in place.
"There's still a lot of the season left, and I'll be doing everything I can to put in performances for the Second XI in order to force my way back into contention for the First Team.
"This Club, the Members and the supporters mean so much to me. There are so many memories that I will cherish forever, and the Club will always hold a truly special place in my heart. 27 years is a long time, but it's gone incredibly quickly. I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to do something that I love for that length of time, and I'm extremely grateful for all the support that I've received throughout this remarkable journey."
Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: "Marcus Trescothick is one of the finest players that this country has ever produced, and his record on the field of play speaks for itself. His passion and enthusiasm for the game of cricket is infectious, and his work ethic is phenomenal. He is the absolute personification of what a professional sportsman should aspire to be.
"Whilst his playing record is there for all to see, what you can't measure is the positive influence that he has behind the scenes. He leads by example in everything that he does, and the way that he goes about his business is second to none. Marcus has become part of the very fabric of this Club and I'm sure that I speak for everyone associated with Somerset Cricket when I thank him for everything that he has done for the Club."
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