Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath believes England’s hopes of retaining the Ashes faded when Marcus Trescothick returned home last week with a recurrence of a stress-related illness.
McGrath said he had been saddened by the news of Trescothick’s breakdown and wished the England batsmen a quick recovery, but said his departure would help Australia’s chances of winning the series.
“Trescothick is a massive loss for England in this series,” McGrath wrote in Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph. “I feel for Trescothick and what he is going through. It’s the sort of thing you wouldn’t wish on anybody and, hopefully, it won’t be long before we see him back playing Test cricket.
“But his departure before this series has begun means that all the England players will be shuffled up the order.”
McGrath, who is returning to the Test team for the first time since January after taking time off to care for his wife while she underwent cancer treatment, said Trescothick’s absence would put pressure on players like Kevin Pietersen.
Pietersen was one of England’s best performers in the last Ashes series but McGrath said he would have to carry more responsibility this time. “Losing a player like Tres and being forced to revamp your batting line-up can unsettle a team considerably,” McGrath wrote.
“It will be interesting to see who they bring in and even more interesting to see how they respond to the added responsibility of being a spot higher up the order.
“Now Trescothick is gone, one can assume Pietersen will bat at No.4 and if we can get him to the crease a couple of wickets down with little on the board — we’ll see if he continues to pack such a positive and attacking attitude,” McGrath added.
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