Cricket: Somerset legend Trescothick to retire
PUBLISHED: 14:13 27 June 2019 | UPDATED: 14:13 27 June 2019
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Marcus Trescothick has announced that he will be retiring from professional cricket at the end of this season.
The 43-year-old made his debut for Somerset in 1993 and has gone on to become one of the finest players to ever represent the county.
The 2019 season will be his 27th and final campaign as a professional, and during that time he has scored more first-class centuries (52) and more List A runs (7374) than any player in the club's history.
The man from Keynsham has also currently scored 19,654 first-class runs for Somerset at an impressive average of 41.11. He also holds the record for the most first-class catches (445) for the county.
As well as excelling on the domestic front, Trescothick had a fine international career.
His 76 Test matches saw him plunder over 5800 runs at an average of 43.79 and he was equally destructive in limited overs matches and his 123 ODIs saw him amass 4335 runs at an average of 37.37.
He has captained his country, won an Ashes series, played in a World Cup and won trophies with the county that is so close to his heart.
After such a glittering career, he explained why he has taken the decision to hang up his boots at the end of the season.
"It's been an incredible 27 years and I've loved every minute of it," he said. "However, everything has to come to an end eventually. I've been discussing my future with the club and my family for a while and we felt that now was the appropriate time to make this announcement in order for both the club and I to put plans in place.
"There's still a lot of the season left, and I'll be doing everything I can to put in performances for the Second XI in order to force my way back into contention for the first team.
"This club, the members and the supporters mean so much to me. There are so many memories that I will cherish forever, and the club will always hold a truly special place in my heart.
"Twenty-seven years is a long time, but it's gone incredibly quickly. I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to do something that I love for that length of time, and I'm extremely grateful for all the support that I've received throughout this remarkable journey."
Somerset Director of Cricket Andy Hurry added: "Marcus Trescothick is one of the finest players that this country has ever produced, and his record on the field of play speaks for itself.
"His passion and enthusiasm for the game of cricket is infectious, and his work ethic is phenomenal. He is the absolute personification of what a professional sportsman should aspire to be.
"Whilst his playing record is there for all to see, what you can't measure is the positive influence that he has behind the scenes. He leads by example in everything that he does, and the way that he goes about his business is second to none.
"Marcus has become part of the very fabric of this club and I'm sure that I speak for everyone associated with Somerset Cricket when I thank him for everything that he has done for the club."
Somerset chief executive Andrew Cornish said: "I'd heard so many positive things about Marcus before I joined the club and I was delighted to discover that everything I'd heard was true.
"Everyone connected to the club, from the supporters and members through to the committee, speak about him in such glowing terms.
"It's very rare for someone to have a sporting career of such longevity, and that is a testament to the hard work that he puts in behind the scenes.
"We all wish him the very best for the future, and sincerely hope that Somerset Cricket will continue to play a large part in the next chapter of his life."