Update November 14 2006
He’s left the Ashes
Yesterday, England were granted a three-day extension to name their final squad of 14 for the Champions Trophy. And today’s news is that Marcus Trescothick has opted out.
He left England’s tour of India earlier this year due to a virus, although speculation was rife. But the medical reasons behind his latest omission are ambiguous at best:
A spokesman from Performance Healthcare, the specialists treating Trescothick, said: “After his return from the tour of India in March, Marcus sought specialist help for his ongoing symptoms. In addition to the deleterious effects of the acquired gastrointestinal infection on his health, it later became evident that he was also suffering from an underlying stress-related illness.
“He has been receiving specialist treatment, which has allowed him to resume his position in the England team. However, we believe that it would be premature for him to tour India in October. Rest is an important part of his treatment and he will need recovery time before the Ashes tour of Australia which begins in November.”
I hope he’s left alone and the media don’t hound him, although if he pulls out of the Ashes – please God no! – there’ll be no stopping them. All very confusing, and a huge blow to England’s fledgling one-day team.