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I am available for England: Trescothick

The unscheduled break after returning from India tour had whetted his appetite for game.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2006 13:01 IST

England's opening batsman Marcus Trescothick said the unscheduled break after returning midway from India tour had whetted his appetite for the game and he was available to play in all future series.

"I will be available for everything England want me for over the next 12 months and beyond, all the series, the Ashes, the World Cup," said Trescothick after his first innings since the break, playing for Somerset in a local league match.

"When I left India I just wanted to get away. I didn't even watch the cricket on TV.

"This has made me appreciate what I do and now I'm gagging to play again," the vice-captain was quoted as saying in BBC Sport.

Trescothick made a hasty exit from India, flying home on the third day of a tour match after receiving a mysterious phone call.

Personal reasons were cited for his pull out but the player himself recently said he had an injury.

Trescothick hit a 113-ball 74 with seven fours and two sixes in his first game on return.

"It went pretty well out there for me and I was glad that in my first innings for a long time I spent 40 overs out in the middle," he said.

"I was excited at the prospect of playing again when I walked down the steps going out to bat and I guess that if I am honest with myself I was pretty impressed with the way that I played after such a long lay-off."

First Published: Apr 17, 2006 10:42 IST