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'Returning to basics helped me'

Marcus Trescothick says taking a break from cricket after a tough winter - and changing his batting stance - has revived his game.

india Updated: Jun 25, 2003 21:09 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press

England opener Marcus Trescothick says taking a break from cricket after a tough winter - and changing his batting stance - has revived his game.

Trescothick, one of two senior batsmen in England's new-look one-day team - captain Michael Vaughan is the other - impressed in the 2-1 win over Pakistan last week.

The left-hander smashed 86 runs off 55 balls at The Oval to level the series, then followed it up with a 108 not out in a four-wicket win to clinch the series. Trescothick hopes it continues Thursday, when England plays Zimbabwe at Trent Bridge in the opener of a tri-series that also features South Africa.

"I hope I can continue on and have more weeks like I had," he said.

The recent performances were a far cry from the Ashes series in Australia last year, when Trescothick scored 577 runs in 16 innings. He also struggled in the World Cup in March, notching 116 runs in five knocks as England was eliminated in the first round. Trescothick took time off after the World Cup, spending time with his girlfriend.

"I always try to get some time off after a tour," he said. "But this was important, and gave me time to reflect on my game. I returned to county cricket stronger."

The change in stance hasn't hurt, either. Trescothick is now standing more upright, like he did earlier in his career. "I've gone back to how I used to stand, that's it," he said. After facing fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Sami - the quickest new-ball tandem in world cricket - Trescothick said he was looking forward to facing Zimbabwe.

Only skipper Heath Streak, with 198 one-day wickets, will command similar respect. "I am going to treat them with the same respect," said Trescothick. "I hope I continue to score runs, whoever the opposition is."

Trescothick said the Pakistan attack was the quickest he's faced in his three-year international career.

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