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Cricketing world reacts as Marcus Trescothick announces retirement from professional cricket after 27 years

Trescothick played 76 Test matches for England between 2000 and 2006 and made over 58000 runs at an average of 43.79.

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Marcus Trescothick
Marcus Trescothick of England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

He had a short international career because of a stress-related illness. But the ‘stand tall and deliver’ English opener Marcus Trescothick has had a very long domestic career. Having made his debut in 1993, the 43-year-old left-hand batsman played his latest first-class match early this month. However, like all good things, the Somerset cricketer’s glorious career is also set to conclude as he announced on Thursday that he will be retiring from professional cricket at the end of the current season.

Trescothick, who is playing in his 27th year as a professional, has scored 52 centuries and 7,374 List A runs for Somerset, which is more than any other player who has represented the county. The Keynsham man has also scored almost 20k first-class runs for Somerset at an average of 41 plus. He has also played in 445 matches for the county which also puts the record under his possession.

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“It’s been an incredible 27 years and I’ve loved every minute of it. However, everything has to come to an end eventually. I’ve been discussing my future with the Club and my family for a while and we felt that now was the appropriate time to make this announcement in order for both the Club and I to put plans in place,” Trescothick, who has also captained England on international stage, was quoted as saying on Somerset club’s website.

“There’s still a lot of the season left, and I’ll be doing everything I can to put in performances for the Second XI in order to force my way back into contention for the First Team,” he said, adding that the county will always hold a special place in his heart.

Trescothick had a successful international career

Trescothick played 76 Test matches for England between 2000 and 2006 and made over 58000 runs at an average of 43.79. He also played 123 ODIs at the same time to make 4,335 runs at an average of around 37. He scored 26 centuries in all in international cricket. England, however, lost this talented batsman as he was hit by fatigue, stress and depression.

Somerset club CEO Andrew Cornish said he had heard a lot of positive things about Trescothick and later found out that all of that was true.

Here are the reactions from the cricketing community:

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