Trescothick set for Twenty20 recall
England are ready to offer Marcus Trescothick a tentative route back into international cricket by naming him in a provisional 30-strong squad for the inaugural Twenty20 world championship in South Africa in September.
Doubts remain about whether Trescothick possesses the resilience and the desire to return to international cricket following his walkout from the Ashes tour last winter with the recurrence of a stress-related disorder.
But his inclusion in Wednesday's squad would be the clearest indication so far that England have not yet abandoned hope that their most formidable one-day batsman will follow his successful return to Somerset cricket by resurrecting his international career.
Indeed, at a time when it is increasingly common for senior players to retire from one-day cricket to prolong Test careers, Trescothick might become the first player to abandon hopes of a Test recall with the intention of focusing on the one-day programme. David Graveney, England's chairman of selectors, will make final checks with Trescothick today before a decision is taken about his inclusion. Only by including him in the 30 now can England name him in their final squad..
Peter Moores, England's coach, hinted that Trescothick was a serious option. "Watch this space," he said. "Marcus is very much in our performance squad and very much in the loop." Twenty20 might be a natural opportunity for Trescothick. An experimental tournament condensed into a fortnight, with England billeted largely in Cape Town, and that allows little time for reflection, allows minimal chance for depression to take hold.
Moores offered scant encouragement to those who want England to differentiate between 20-overs and 50-overs specialists. He said: "There is this distinction between experienced England ODI cricketers who haven't played much Twenty20 and domestic players who have played more Twenty20, but we must judge whether they are capable of playing at international level. But if you are a good ODI player you are going to become a good Twenty20 player."
Andrew Strauss will captain England Lions for the three-day match against India at Chelmsford starting on Friday. He leads a second-string team including only one other Test player, Owais Shah.