Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Trescothick's off to a Flier but England Stall

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Trescothick's off to a Flier but England Stall

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MARCUS TRESCOTHICK made his now trademark flying start to a tour after England briefly threatened to mess up an opportunity for more batting practice here today.

The vice-captain missed out on a chance to bat in the first innings of this warm-up match against Cricket Club of India because he was laid low by a virus.

But, fully restored, the lefthander filled his boots, as he almost always does at the start of an overseas campaign, by making 88.

In recent times, Trescothick has begun tours of Pakistan, South Africa, Bangladesh and India with nothing worse than a half-century, and the opener added another to his list today against youthful opponents at the Brabourne Stadium.

Andrew Strauss had fallen for a duck last night. Then, early on the final morning, Kevin Pietersen (10), Michael Vaughan (13) and Andrew Flintoff (five) all missed out while England failed to build appropriately on a first-innings advantage of 48.

Trescothick needs no convincing of the value of these inevitably lukewarm 'contests', however. It is his form at the other end of tours that tends to be a problem, but getting out of the blocks and starting Test series well seems second nature. This time he was dropped on 44. But 11 fours pinged off his bat and left- arm spinner Hitshu Bachani was swept and driven for sixes as the Somerset man moved into the 80s.

Geraint Jones, who made just a single in the first of what will be a maximum of four innings for England's batsmen before Wednesday week's opening Test, also tucked in hungrily before lunch.

Too keen to feast straight after the break, though, Jones fell for 30, stumped while trying to swipe offspinner Aniket Redkar back over his head.

That was an ugly and unworthy end to a stand of 68 and when Trescothick holed out to deep mid-off, trying to force the pace, England were 162 for six, 210 ahead. …

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