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Marcus playing a key role behind the scenes

Marcus Trescothick is playing a key role in Somerset’s Royal London One-Day Cup this season without raising a bat in anger.

The 43-year-old former England opener is playing only Specsavers County Championship cricket in 2019, but has been working with the players behind the scenes during this year’s Royal London One-Day Cup, as he explains. “I’m hoping to be around for all the group games in the competition so I can help out where I can,” he said. “I’m currently doing my Level Four coaching qualification, which takes two years, and I need to get in a certain number of hours working with players as part of that.

“Some time spent with our professionals during the winter has contributed. I also did some coaching while some of the pre-season games were in progress and during our trip to Abu Dhabi.

“I hope my experience of playing 50-over cricket for Somerset and England means I have something different to offer.”

Trescothick appeared in 123 one-day internationals, scoring 4,335 runs at an average of 37.37, plus 372 List A matches, which saw him clock up more than 12,000 runs.

Head Coach, Jason Kerr is keen to tap into his knowledge, which has already helped Somerset win their opening two Royal London group matches against Kent Spitfires and Glamorgan.

“We can help Marcus gain the coaching experience he needs, while he is helping us develop as a team,” Kerr said. “Marcus has so much knowledge to impart and will learn as he goes along how to communicate it in the most effective way.”

The new role could point the way to a future in coaching for Trescothick, who remains undecided about what he will do when a playing career already stretching back 27 seasons finally comes to an end.

“I want to keep several options open,” he said. “I don’t think it will be a case of going into just coaching or only continuing my work as a television pundit.

“I’ll do a bit of this and that and see what comes of it. I’d love to think I could continue to be involved with Somerset in some way because the Club has been such an important part of my life.”

Words courtesy of Richard Latham

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