Marcus Trescothick wants to put the controversy of his early return from the tour of India behind him after marking his comeback to international cricket with a century on the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lordâ€™s here on Thursday.
The left-handed openerâ€™s 106 was the centrepiece of Englandâ€™s total of 318 for three at stumps. Having missed the 1-1 drawn Test campaign in India for what the England management said at the time were â€˜personalâ€™ and â€˜familyâ€™ reasons, Trescothick found himself the subject of unwelcome attention when he gave a television interview stating that a virus had forced him to come home.
But the Somerset star, the only player aged over 30 in a youthful England line-up, ensured attention returned to his cricket with a 14th Test hundred, his third against Sri Lanka and second at Lordâ€™s.
â€œIâ€™m delighted. It was time to move on and get things rolling again, get back into the England shirt,â€ Trescothick, now in his 70th Test, said. â€œIâ€™m playing the same way Iâ€™ve played all my career. I love my cricket. I had been pretty nervous, the nerves of expectation. But there was a bigger release last week when I made a hundred (for Somerset) against Northamptonshire,â€ he added.
After over four hours at the crease, Trescothick eventually fell to off-spin star Muttiah Muralitharan, who finished with two for 69.
â€œHeâ€™s a great bowler. The wicket didnâ€™t offer too much assistance to him but heâ€™s still a real handful,â€ said Trescothick.
The England stalwart was well-supported by Alastair Cook in a second-wicket stand of 127 with the 21-year-old Essex left-hander, whoâ€™d made a century on Test debut against India at Nagpur in March, scoring 89 in his first Test innings on home soil.
Source:The NewsMore on:england, Marcus Trescothick, Sri Lanka in England 2006
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