England veteran cricketer Marcus Trescothick on Thursday announced he would retire at the end of the season, bringing down the curtain on a 27-season career with county side Somerset. The 43-year-old opening batsman, who played 76 Tests and 123 one-day internationals, has scored a total of 26,234 first-class runs since making his debut for Somerset in 1993. Trescothick, whose international career was ended by anxiety attacks, still holds an ambition to win his place back in the first XI of the title-chasing side before the end of the season.
I’ve been discussing my future
“It’s been an incredible 27 years and I’ve loved every minute of it,” he told the Somerset website. “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.” Trescothick, who holds the Somerset record for number of first-class centuries (52) and first-class catches (445), said he had been blessed to be able to play the game he loved for so long.
“Twenty-seven years is a long time but it’s gone incredibly quickly,” he said. “I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to do something that I love for that length of time. I’m extremely grateful for all the support that I’ve received throughout this remarkable journey.”
The 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."