Marcus the player
Marcus Trescothick has decided to retire from professional cricket at the end of the season. He made his debut in 1993 26 years ago and this was his 27th year as a professional Somerset cricketer. In that time he made, a Somerset record, 52 first-class centuries. In his highly successful one day career, he made 7374 list a runs. Marcus made a head-turning 19,564 first-class runs at an average of 41.11. He also has 445 catches in this format. For England, he did terrifically in his 76 tests scoring 5800 runs at 43.79. England today could do with a young Marcus. In the one day format he did well as well in his 123 he scored 4335 runs at 37.37. Marcus captained his country helped England to regain the Ashes, played in a world cup and helped his childhood team win trophies.
Marcus the man
Marcus is a terrific man. After his retirement people were waxing lyrical about how good a person he was. I can personally agree with this. it was a period during the Royal London tournament which Marcus wasn’t playing in. He was in there for half an hour feeding the bowling machine for Craig Overton and helping his batting technique. The next day against Kent Craig hit a chanceless and swashbuckling 71 not out. His list a high score. You can see why nobody speaks a bad word about him. Also what lead to him leaving his international career was a severe mental health decision. This could destroy many peoples lives and I’m sure Marcus had some really hard times. In spite of these issues, he fought through them to have a wonderful country career at Somerset. No doubt Marcus would have been up there with the Cooks and Athertons. Overall he is a great cricketer but overall a great man.
Somerset the team and community will miss him.