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Trescothick up for the Challenge this time

cricket Updated: Oct 10, 2009 02:01 IST
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“Who knows I'm at the peak of my career right now,” says Marcus Trescothick. Still affable. Still hesistant.

He's 34. About to become the captain of the only club team he has represented. He has played for England in 76 Tests, scoring 5825 runs at an average of 43.79, and 123 ODI’s, scoring 4335 runs at 37.37. He topped the county charts last season with 1817 runs, at an average of 75.50. He's also the opener, solid and stylish, England could do with.

But Trescothick hasn’t set his heart on it, at least yet. In what he believes was his “best ever season,” he was conspicuously missing from international action-having retired early last year.

When Trescothick walked out of the England dressing room to return home from the India tour in 2006, no one would've imagined the rapid implosion of his career. It happened— homesick and depressed, the left-handed opener gave up his international career and settled for a more fruitful journey on home pastures.

And now he’s back to the place where it all began. Trecothick is back in India for the Champions League T20 tournament, with English runners-up Somerset CCC.

“It is a big step for me to come here,” he says on the eve of his team's match against reigning IPL champions Deccan Chargers. “I was not too sure about coming here. At that moment I thought it was step too big, and I was not quite ready for it.

“I knew it would be a great challenge for me. I have been working on the problem. There's a lot that goes behind the scenes and I have taken a lot of steps.”

Tresothick is, however, looking forward to the challenge of playing in India again.

“Playing in conditions away from home is always a challenge for everyone,” he said.