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Trescothick joins England's coaching camp for Ashes

Marcus Trescothick is set to be part of England's coaching staff for the two opening Tests of the upcoming Ashes series scheduled to begin on August 1.

The Somerset star will be supervising England's training sessions for the games at Edgbaston and Lord's, ESPNcricinfo reported.

Trescothick represented England in 76 Tests and most memorably ended as his team's second-highest run-getter in the epic 2005 Ashes series win behind Kevin Pietersen.

The vastly experienced Trescothick has been roped in to assume responsibilities to shed off the sole burden on England's chief batting coach Graham Thorpe, who is currently suffering from a sore shoulder.

Thorpe's absence during England's training sessions will thus be fulfilled by Trescothick similar to the role taken by Jonathan Trott ahead of the hosts' one-off Test versus Ireland.

It is believed that this appointment will not necessarily lead to Trescothick succeeding Mark Ramprakash as the batting coach as the latter left his position two months ago.

The 43-year-old Trescothick had last month announced his intention to retire from first-class cricket after the end of this season - his 27th campaign as a professional.

The left-handed batsman accumulated 5825 runs across his Test career at a healthy average of 43.79 before he permanently withdrew from international cricket in 2008 following his struggles with a stress-related illness.

Despite retiring from the big stage, Trescothick has continued to score prolifically in County Championships over the years serving as the bedrock of Somerset's batting line-up.