Trescothick's flurry

Written by: Mamatha Maben
Published: Monday, June 30, 2003, 17:17 [IST]
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Bangalore: Marcus Trescothick seems to be a man who is out to prove a point or two. His newfound vigour at the batting crease is an emphatic statement of his class and worth to the England squad. The choice of the England selectors to sidestep Trescothick and elevate Michael Vaughan as the captain of the England team may have pricked the England opener. After all, he has been around for much longer than Vaughan. Vaughan may have had a tremendous run with the bat but then he has been around (a regular member) only for a year-and-a-half or so. Moreover he has been more successful in Test matches than he has been in the shorter version of the game.

The fluency and confidence with which Trescothick is batting is a pleasing sight not only for the viewers world over but especially for the English fans, as this new- look England side is heavily dependent on a couple of batsmen.

Returning to our point of focus - the issue of England's choice of Vaughan over Trescothick, Vaughan, in comparison is struggling to hold his own.

He is well aware of the reservation that some section of the cricketing circle and the mass in general had concerning his elevation to the highest post in the England One-day squad. He is also aware of his not-so-impressive One-day average and was keen to prove otherwise. However, the England captain has failed to get off the blocks.

And this in comparison to Trescothick's highly successful stints at the crease is putting the selectors in a spot and not making things any easier for the captain himself.

Having said that, Michael Vaughan is a class act, and like it is uttered time and again, "form is temporary while class is permanent". And so, one hopes, it is just a matter of time before the England captain rises to the occasion.

Keeping the two aside and moving over to the England squad as such, Vikram Solanki has dished out a couple of impressive performances and looks a very promising prospect for England. To read too much into his innings at this stage would be premature but nevertheless the guy looks talented and should be able to hold his own in times to come. All of which augurs well for England.

However, England's bane has been injury problems, so much so that they have rarely been able to field a full-fledged squad. If England are to be a force to reckon with they should address the issue of injury with greater concern.

If England can successfully arrest the spate of injuries that are besetting them then they definitely have the potential to stand in the way of high-ranking teams.


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