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Last Updated:  Sunday, 9 March, 2003, 09:45 GMT
Trescothick targets lay-off
Marcus Trescothick
Trescothick wants a total break from the game
England opener Marcus Trescothick says he has lost enthusiasm for cricket after a gruelling winter of action.

The England opener has been touring with England since mid-September last year and admitted he was feeling totally drained by the experience.

"To be honest, I've had such a gut-full of playing cricket over the last five months that I just want to get it out of my system," he told the Mail on Sunday newspaper.

"The combination of all the things we went through over Zimbabwe, being away for so long, not being able to get a break from the environment we were in and my battles with my own form have left me demoralised and frustrated.

"I get so much enjoyment from the game and I love it so much, but, at the moment, I've reached the stage where a bit of enthusiasm has gone - and that scares me.

"I am experiencing something I never have before and I thought I never would. I've stopped enjoying it.

To be totally frank, it is the last thing I'm thinking about at the moment
Marcus Trescothick on the England captaincy

"I just want to get cricket out of my system, eat and drink and sleep for a year."

England suffered a premature exit from the tournament after failing to reach the Super Six stage.

Their chances of qualifying had been severely diminished from the outset of the tournament when the players pulled out of their match against Zimbabwe in Harare, thus forfeiting four points.

"In hindsight, forfeiting the points may have cost us a place in the Super Sixes and we would have felt very confident of going further," added Trescothick.

"Bearing in mind how well we had competed against Australia, perhaps all the way.

"But if you ask me, 'was that a price worth paying?', I would say without hesitation, 'yes'.

"You can't put a price on the kind of things we were hearing and reading.

"It only takes one man with a grievance and a weapon and, at the end of the day, there were far more important things at stake than playing a game of cricket."

England's failure to qualify led to Nasser Hussain's resignation as one-day captain.

Michael Vaughan, Adam Hollioake, Paul Collingwood and Trescothick himself have all been put forward as potential candidates.

But the Somerset opener refused to speculate on his chances.

He said: "Obviously I'd be delighted to have a go if asked - but to be totally frank, it is the last thing I'm thinking about at the moment."

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