Marcus Trescothick has started batting again after his post-season ankle operation – and has expressed a desire to play on for Somerset for at least another four seasons.
The Somerset captain, who turns 37 on Christmas Day, has no plans to retire from first-class cricket before he hits 40, and is already looking forward to the 2013 season with the enthusiasm of a teenager.
Trescothick missed almost half of his side’s LV= County Championship matches this summer through ankle trouble – but still scored two centuries and averaged 38.92.
He had an operation to remove a bone spur from his ankle in September – and said: “It seems all right – it’s recovered pretty well.
“There’s no more swelling now and it doesn’t seem to swell up after playing golf or doing a bit of training. There’s an opportunity now to get it back strong and get it where I need to be to play the long season.
“I’ve been batting on and off for the last few weeks, doing a few bits and pieces. This year I’m going to try to maintain it throughout the whole winter and not have too much of a rest from batting.
“My training programme is a little bit different now, with my ankle. I’m not really weight-bearing until February, so a lot of my training is done on the rower, the bike and in the pool. I won’t be running until next year.”
Trescothick accepts he will have to manage his ankle for the rest of his career – and, as he begins preparations for his 21st season in first-class cricket, is hoping he has many years left in the middle.
“I don’t see anything changing really for the next three or four years, or however long it’s going to be – hopefully it will be as long as possible,” he said. “My first target is get to 40 and then reassess where I’m going to go from that. As long as the ankle and the body hold up to that standard, then nothing changes really.
“With the ankle, I know there will be little niggles along the way, and I’m prepared for that, so I’ll need to keep on top of it, perhaps with the odd injection of period of rest here and there.”
One player not with Somerset when their players returned for pre-season fitness testing yesterday was Nick Compton, who was scoring 64 not out for England in their tour match against Mumbai A.
And Trescothick felt his team-mate’s score in India was a timely but inevitable response to his opening scores of 0 and 1 so far on tour.
“It was a matter of time for Nick,” said Trescothick, who played in 76 Tests for England. “He’s 29 now and I know from experience that there’s a point you reach where you know it’s not long before you’re going to score runs.
“You might go three, four, five games if you’re unlucky, but you know that it’s a matter of time, and it might be in that sixth game where you score a double hundred or something.
“He’s trying to keep that confidence to know, ‘it’s not my time at the moment, but when it is, I’m going to make the most of it’.
“His game is about batting long periods of time – we’ve seen him do that here and he’s probably one of the best in the country at doing that. When he gets going, he will churn it out and he will make the most of it – that’s what he’s all about.”