England tour of India - Cricket: Virus-hit Trescothick doubtful for first ODI

Published: Saturday, January 19, 2002, 0:10 [IST]
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Kolkata: England opener Marcus Trescothick is doubtful for his side's inaugural match of the One-day series against India on Saturday, as he is down with a viral infection.However, the English team management expressed confidence that he would recover on time for the day-night exchange at the Eden Gardens.''Trescothick told me this morning that he would have struggled had the match been played yesterday or today. We need him for tomorrow's match. I hope he recovers in the next 24 hours,'' England skipper Nasser Hussain said at his customary pre-match 'meet the Press'.Trescothick, who was hit by the flu-like virus a couple of days back, did not bat in Thursday's practice match with the Bengal XI though he did duty behind the stumps for some time.Walpole said that all-rounder Paul Collingwood was also yet to fully recover from an upset stomach though he bowled impressively in the practice match ripping through Bengal's middle order and finished with figures of three for 18. Earlier, England batsman Graham Thorpe had also been hit by the stomach bug. PTI

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