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September 7, 2009 3:24 PM

Coming back to Tresco

News that Marcus Trescothick, England's talented-yet-tormented former opener, could be ready to tour India with Somerset for the upcoming Champions Trophy is heartening and worrying in equal measure.
For those that haven't read it, the start of his autobiography, Coming Back to Me, charts the time his world crumbled around him last March, when he couldn't set foot on the plane to Dubai with Somerset for a 12-day pre-season tournament.
No disrespect to Bopara, Denly and co, but England haven't replaced Trescothick since he called it a day internationally. His record for Somerset this season shows he remains, outwardly, a destructive force.
But what about inwardly? How is his mental state? Can he summon up the strength to face his demons again? And if reports are to believed, that he will use Dubai as a to-and-fro base, will it all come back to him the moment he sees the airport destination board?
One sincerely hopes not. It's a brave move, and the whole cricketing world will wish him well.

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