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England suffer Trescothick blow

England opener Marcus Trescothick left for England last night after suffering a stress-related illness.

This is a big blow to England as they have lost one of their best performing batsmen in the last Ashes series. I think its also not good for the series as I would rather have both Australia and England field their strongest sides and I hope there will be no more withdrawals from either side with the Ashes series starting next week in Brisbane.

Trescothick is a key and experienced player for England and there are times when he has been the stand-in captain and England will now have to make do without him. Earlier this year he didn't take part in the proceedings in the test series in India and England drew that series but I am hoping that this time England will be able to cope better without hime and make this forthcoming series as competitive as ever.

Yes, its a big blow to England because they cannot replace him with somebody of equal experience. But its not all despair because England managed to win a test in India for the first time in 21 years without him to draw the India test series. Will see.

It will be interesting to see how he is received back home in England. More and more prominent people are admitting to their problems with depression and mental health in general and I hope that these high profile cases make people realise it is a very real and very debilitating problem.

I wish him all the best in getting well and hopefully getting back on the cricket pitch ASAP (after the Aussies win the Ashes of course!!)

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