Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tresco Shows Moores What He's Missing as Gayle Blasts off; Up and Under: Andrew Flintoff Gives Stuart Broad a Lift

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tresco Shows Moores What He's Missing as Gayle Blasts off; Up and Under: Andrew Flintoff Gives Stuart Broad a Lift

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Byline: DAVID LLOYD

ONE left-handed opener gave the World Twenty20 a rip-roaring start inJohannesburg last night.

And, several thousand miles away, another reminded England exactly what theyare still missing.

If cricket's newest global competition could have picked any batsman to launchit then an on-song Chris Gayle would have been high up the list. But no nearerthe top than Marcus Trescothick in vintage form.

Yet while Gayle blasted 117 amazing runs from only 57 balls for the West Indiesagainst South Africa at a packed Wanderers ground, Trescothick's emphatic 124off 101 deliveries was witnessed by a far smaller audience at The Oval asSomerset beat Surrey in a NatWest Pro40 match.

A couple of months ago it looked as though Trescothick would make hisinternational return in South Africa, having agreed to his name being includedin England's provisional squad of 30. But before the party could be cut to afinal 15, the 31-year-old withdrew and said he needed more time to complete hisrecovery from the stressrelated illness that forced him home from Australialast November.

Whether Trescothick will ever play for his country again is doubtful. But whileMichael Vaughan's return from injury and Alastair Cook's emergence has enabledthe Test team to get by well without him and a new-look one-day side are flyinghigh after a 4-3 win against India, Trescothick would be welcomed back tomorrowwith open arms.

Apart from the fact he remains popular, there is one hole still needing to befilled in England's limitedovers side, and that's right at the top of theorder.

At full international level, the pairing of Cook and Matt Prior was no morethan moderately successful during those seven games against India and it willbe surprising if a change is not made when the next batch of 50-over contests,in Sri Lanka next month, comes around.

As for England's Group B Twenty20 contests in Cape Townagainst Zimbabwe tomorrow and Australia on Fridaythe selectors can only hope to find a successful opening partnership lurkingamong "short-game specialists" such as Darren Maddy, Vikram Solanki and LukeWright. …

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