Centurion Trescothick yearns for more on Pakistan tour
by AFP

Player:ME Trescothick
Event:England in Pakistan 2005/06

DateLine: 1st November 2005


Dashing opener Marcus Trescothick said he was "hungry" to get maximum runs in the current series against Pakistan, after he scored a fighting hundred in a three-day side match here Monday.


"I am just very hungry to do well after this hundred," Trescothick said in post match comments after scoring an unbeaten 124, in a five and a half-hour knock which included 16 boundaries and two sixes.


Trescothick's valiant innings spared England embarrassment in their first outing since winning the Ashes last month. England finish the day at 256-9 against a young Pakistan Cricket Board Patron's XI at Pindi stadium.


Trescothick saw his colleagues fall quickly with England tottering at 60-6 at lunch after winning the toss and deciding to bat, but the left-handed opener kept his composure.


"I just wanted to get in and spend as much time at the crease and that was the main objective today - just be there for a long period of time," said the 29-year-old from Somerset, who made 439 runs in England's Ashes triumph.


PCB Patron's XI bowler Yasir Arafat, who also played for Scotland in the last English season, chipped in with four wickets for 45 runs and cleaned up the top order.


Trescothick, also vice captain of England, then added 177 runs for the next three wickets.


"The ball was nipping back a little bit and the Pakistani bowlers got wickets as they bowled wicket to wicket.


"Arafat just got the ball to seam a little bit both ways. He bowled pretty well and troubled the guys a lot," he said of Arafat, who showed an ability to reverse swing the ball - the skill with which England dumped Australia in the Ashes.


England meet Pakistan in the first of three Tests at Multan from November.

(Article: Copyright © 2005 AFP)


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