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England considering recall for Trescothick

NOT FORGOTTEN Coach Peter Moores indicated that the left-hander was still in the selectors' thoughts despite, not having played international cricket for more than a year

AFP , NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND

England are weighing up whether to give an international recall to Marcus Trescothick.

The 31-year-old opening batsman has not played for England in nearly a year and left the Ashes tour of Australia before the first Test with a recurrence of a stress related illness he first suffered in India early last year.

Both Trescothick and England have been coy about an international return for the left-hander.

But to have a chance of playing in September's inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa he must be named in the provisional 30-man squad tomorrow.

International Cricket Council playing conditions allow nations to select a large initial squad which must be cut to 15 by Aug. 11.

Trescothick is one of England's best limited overs batsmen and following the 2-1 one-day series defeat against the West Indies, at Trent Bridge on Saturday, England coach Peter Moores indicated he was still in the selectors' thoughts.

"Marcus is a very good one-day player and when we announce that 30, if he's in it, you will know the time is right for him to come back in," he said.

It was not only Trescothick whom England missed as West Indies, who had been 1-0 down, secured their first trophy abroad since defeating their hosts in the 2004 Champions Trophy final at The Oval.

England, missing injured all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, only took five wickets at Trent Bridge, just as they'd done during Wednesday's 61-run defeat at Edgbaston.

However, Moores insisted he did not want to use injuries or the notion of a team in transition as excuses for defeat for an England side that, like the West Indies, failed to reach the World Cup semi-finals.

"The key for me is we want to win," Moores said. "I don't want to hide behind the fact we are going to rebuild and going to have to wait."

"We want to win games of one-day cricket straight away. I also know through experience that you don't always turn things around that quickly," he said.

Meanwhile England are considering appointing a fielding coach.

Jonty Rhodes, arguably the outstanding fielder of his era, has been linked with joining a backroom staff that already includes his former South Africa team-mate Allan Donald, now an England bowling coach.

"As with the rest of the support team we want the right person to do that job," Moores said. "If we get a fielding coach we want him to influence fielding in England not just at England level."

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