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Trescothick said possibility of England comeback gave him nightmares

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London, Aug.14 (ANI): Former opener Marcus Trescothick has admitted that suggestions he might come out of international retirement for next week's showdown Ashes Test had given him nightmares.

Trescothick quit international cricket 18 months ago because he suffers from depression and does not want to tour again, but that did not stop suggestions that he might be the man for a crisis at the Brit Oval.

Trescothick, 33, has dismissed the idea and revealed he had woken up early one morning in a cold sweat dreaming about playing for England again.

"There is a nightmare a lot of cricketers experience that they can't get their pads on when they are due in to bat. My dream was a variation of that. I couldn't get my England kit out of my bag! The other players were waiting for me on the pitch to do a team photo so I was in a right panic. I woke up in a cold sweat," the Daily Express quoted him, as saying.

"Perhaps that told me something. It gives me a massive kick that I am still thought good enough to come back and play at international level, but I've gone too far down the line in battling my stress problems to change my mind now about ending my England career," he added.

Trescothick said: "My wife, Hayley, and I did talk about what my reaction should be if I were asked and we ended up having a good chuckle about it. She was prepared to back me if I wanted to play at The Oval and part of us both fancied the thought of getting involved again."

Trescothick and Mark Ramprakash have been two names touted this week as potential England saviours after the debacle of Headingley, which saw Australia level the series 1-1.

Trescothick, writing in his column in a West Country newspaper, added: "I had a great time playing international cricket and we both have some very happy memories of my days as an England player. But it just didn't feel right.

"Nothing in me made me feel I had to do it so I came to the conclusion that I don't want it enough. Andrew Strauss did ring me over the last few days, but it was to ask me to play in a golf day for him. We did talk about England, but there was nothing direct about my involvement and he knows I won't be reconsidering." (ANI)

Story first published: Friday, August 14, 2009, 15:42 [IST]
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