Darren Gough pays tribute to ‘brilliant team-mate’ Marcus Trescothick as legend retires from cricket after 27-year career

Marcus Trescothick took to the field for the final time as his 27-year cricket career came to an end in Taunton on Thursday.

It would not be the fairytale ending the 43-year-old had hoped for as Somerset were pipped to the County Championship title by Essex.

He received a standing ovation as he came onto the field as a substitute fielder and then was given a guard of honour at the end of the game.

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Marcus Trescothick had a glittering career for both club and country
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Trescothick had a glittering career for both club and country since first making his debut in 1993.

He averaged 43.79 in 73 Test matches and 37.37 in 123 One-Day Internationals and was a formidable opener for England in all formats.

In total he played 852 games, scoring 40,826 runs with 96 centuries.

His former team-mate Darren Gough paid tribute to Trescothick following the end of his career.

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Trescothick scored more than 40,000 runs
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He told talkSPORT: “It’s amazing really to play until he is 43. He’s had his demons over that time.

“I first played against Tres and he batted seven for Somerset and was first change bowler. He wasn’t happy at all.

“A few months later, or a season later, Duncan Fletcher saw something in him. I was part of the management group when we discussed Marcus Trescothick and he said ‘I think this kid can come in and open the batting in One-Day cricket with an eye on Test cricket’.

“He (Fletcher) liked to blood them in One-Day cricket and if he liked what he saw he put them straight into the Test side.

“Trescothick came in and he was brilliant in One-Day cricket. He was great off his legs, had a great cover drive and was great square of the wicket. Against spin, he had that slap slog.

“He was a brilliant team-mate and I had some great tours with him.

“He played 73 Tests and averaged 43, more than he did in First-Class cricket.

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Trescothick played 73 Test matches for England
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“This is what I’m saying about youngsters when you look at their first class record and you don’t think they are good enough. Some players get better the higher they go.

“He’s one of them and Michael Vaughan was another.

“Tres was good at all forms. A fantastic player but his international career got cut short by his depression and didn’t want to go away from home any more.

“It will be interesting to see what he goes and does now because I think he is going to be involved in cricket. I think England will use him in some capacity.

“It might be as eyes and ears around the county circuit. I think he will definitely be part of Somerset’s coaching staff and we’ve seen him on Sky as well, so he’s got a future still in the game.”

There has been dozens of tributes paid to the Somerset and England legend on social media as his playing career came to a close.

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