Marcus Trescothick will be joining the England coaching staff for the opening two Tests of the Ashes series. The veteran left-handed batsman will be overseeing the training sessions of England in Birmingham and Lord’s in the absence of lead batting coach Graham Thorpe, who is nursing a sore shoulder.
Trescothick, who recently announced he would be retiring from professional cricket at the end of this County season, will fulfill a similar role as Johnathan Trott did ahead of the game against Ireland. Trescothick’s appointment does not mean he will succeed Mark Ramprakash as the batting coach.
Widely revered as one of England’s greatest opening batsmen, the 43-year-old found tremendous success in Test cricket and most memorably played an important part in his side’s epic Ashes win in 2005. However, he withdrew from international cricket in 2008 after complaining about a stress-related illness.