Trescothick has no regrets on India tour withdrawl

Published: Monday, April 17, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Marcus Trescothick continued to evade queries on the mystery virus, which forced him out of the tour of India, and said he had no regrets on his decision to depart without playing a match against Rahul Dravid's men.

''I knew I'd done the right thing. The amount of cricket is always on people's minds,'' he was quoted by the Times as saying.

However, the regular vice-captain admitted that after reaching home he missed being a part of the team, which was ultimately led by Andrew Flintoff.

''Watching the lads play the One-day stuff (in India), I've been itching to get going,'' he said.

The opener, who returned to the field today hitting 74 for his county club Somerset, said he could not understand why people were doubting the reasons of his withdrawl.

''It's been a tough week and good to get it out of the way. I just wanted to draw a line under everything that's happened,'' he said, reacting to the aspersions being cast over his explanation.

He said his decision to withdraw from the tour now means that he would have to fight his way back in to the team, which would be a completely new experience for him.

''I've got to work my way back in, which is not something that's happened to me before,'' he admitted.

Trescothick said he did not watch the first Test between the two sides but followed the rest of the series, which motivated him to make a comeback to the playing field.

''When I came home, I didn't want to watch the first Test on TV.

I wanted to get away. But as the series went on I watched more and more. My enthusiasm has really come back,'' he said of his days after the withdrawl.

The regular vice-captain said after playing continuosly for the past six years, he had reached the saturation point and was losing interest in the game.

''If you've had too much of something, something that's dear to you, you want that excitement to make you realise how much you love it. It's (watching the series at home) given me that drive with my training that I've not had for a couple of years.'' Trescothick said he would be availible for selection for the Ashes later this year and the World Cup next year.

''I can say now that I'll be available for everything England want me for over the next 12 months and beyond. The Ashes, the World Cup, everything. I'm going to play as much as I can,'' Trescothick announced

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