When Trescothick could not go on

DUNCAN Fletcher has described in the Daily Mail Marcus Trescothick’s distress in 2006, which led to him leaving the tour of India. The Somerset batsman deputised as captain for the injured Michael Vaughan in Baroda, and the team doctor disclosed that Trescothick had not been sleeping at night.

Fletcher said: “I had heard he had not been sleeping at night, but that is not unusual for anyone on tour. But when he was batting during our second innings somebody mentioned ‘Tres is acting very strangely.’ Sure enough, after he was out for a decent 32 he walked off with head bowed and clearly in distress.

“I walked into the dressing room to see him crying his eyes out. I asked: ‘What’s wrong, Tresy?’ ‘I don’t know,’ he said very emotionally. He got up and walked outside in full view. ‘No, no, Tres, you’ve got to get back inside,’ I said anxiously. He was embarrassing himself by going outside.

“I fetched the doctor, Peter Gregory, and suggested he take Trescothick back to the hotel. It was then that Gregory told me he had been staying up most nights with Trescothick. I did not realise it was that bad. ‘He just won’t sleep,’ said Gregory. There was nothing else for it but for Trescothick to go home. We sent a security guard to fly with him just to check he was OK. The whole episode was awful.”

Trescothick was selected for the Ashes tour in November. “His stress-related problems soon resurfaced. During the match against New South Wales in Sydney it became clear he could not carry on. I had decided he must go home even before he came off after being bowled by Brett Lee for eight and broke down again.

“I had a migraine soon afterwards and had to lie down. I was deliberating how I would pass the news on to Trescothick when I was told the problem was worse than first thought. Trescothick had come in from his innings and broken down in tears.”

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