Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Trescothick Works on Overseas Form Puzzle

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Trescothick Works on Overseas Form Puzzle

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Byline: By Myles Hodgson

Marcus Trescothick has gone back to basics in hoping to solve the mystery of why he is a far more effective batsman at home for England.

In doing so the Somerset opener hopes to make a major contribution to the forthcoming Test series against South Africa.

The left-hander began the tour impressively, hitting an unbeaten 85 to help the tourists to a comprehensive eight wickets victory over Nicky Oppenheimer's XI in the traditional one-day curtain-raiser to the tour at Randjesfontein on Wednesday.

It was a vibrant start for Trescothick and the team and augers well for the opening Test in Port Elizabeth, which is due to start on December 17, as they attempt to secure their first series win in South Africa for 40 years.

If they are to achieve that milestone Trescothick will have to play a major part as one of the most experienced members of the line-up and improve on the major disparity in his career record between playing in England compared to his success abroad.

Trescothick has enlisted the help of Matthew Maynard, who was England's assistant coach during the one-day series in Namibia and Zimbabwe, to help strip his game down and become more consistent.

"I practised for four or five weeks with him before we went away to Zimbabwe," revealed Trescothick.

"I wanted to improve my game and it was a good opportunity to have a break and then come back, work at my game and make it more solid again.

"It was nothing I didn't know already, it was just remembering things I used to do and reassuring myself about things I still do and put them in the right place.

"I was trying to make things more solid, so when I go out to bat I know exactly what I'm doing you can then concentrate on concentrating rather than worry about what your feet are doing or what positions you are getting into."

The difference in his record home and away is quite startling, with Trescothick having scored six of his eight Test centuries in England where he averages 53.93 while abroad he has an average of only 32.83, and disappointing campaigns in the West Indies and Australia in the last two winters. …

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