London: Marcus Trescothick pulled out of Somerset's pre-season tour to Dubai after suffering a recurrence of the stress-related illness which has ruined his England career.
Trescothick, 32, was expected to take part in Somerset's pre-season tour to Dubai, where they will play the UAE national side, Lancashire, Essex, Sussex and Yorkshire for the Arabian Cricket Challenge.
It would have been the opening batsman's first overseas trip since flying home early from the 2006 Ashes tour because of stress.
But instead he told Somerset he wouldn't travel with them due to a recurrence of the problem which forced him home from England's tour to India during the early part of 2006.
"Marcus took the decision himself and the club are fully supportive," Somerset chief executive Richard Gould told the club's official website.
"He has returned home to Taunton to be with his family and we look forward to him playing a full part in our season."
Trescothick has played in 76 Tests, the last of which was against Pakistan at the Oval in August 2006. He has also made 123 one-day international appearances.
But his international career has been put on hold since he was forced to leave Australia with the illness before the Ashes series had even started.
England batsman Paul Collingwood admitted his former team-mate needed to forget about a return to international action until he is fully recovered.
"It's really sad. I think we need to just forget about the cricket and really we just want Marcus to get himself right," Collingwood said.
"We need to forget about whether he's going to play for England again or go away with Somerset. The important thing is to get himself right for his own sake and all of our thoughts go out to him."