Ponting wishes Trescothick well

Speaking to the media at the MCG during Tasmania’s Pura Cup match against Victoria, Ponting told of his shock at hearing of Trescothick’s sudden departure.

“I was very shocked to see that he was returning home after making the trip out here. I would have thought he’d have recovered from whatever it was, but obviously it’s flared up again,” Ponting said. “If it’s such an illness that’s going to keep him out of such a big series as this then it’s going to be pretty significant.”

The Australian captain also indicated that Trescothick’s absence would be keenly felt by England in the five Test series which begins in Brisbane from November 23. “It’s disappointing for him obviously. He’s been a good player against us and probably one of their more experienced players, particularly in their batting line up at the moment.”

“He’s been their captain at different times in one-day tournaments and Test cricket as well so they’ll definitely miss his knowledge around their group for sure.”

“We wish him all the best and hopefully he can get back out on the park sooner rather than later” Ponting said.

Trescothick, meanwhile, has arrived home from Australia. Reaction to his withdrawal has been generally sympathetic, however, certain commentators have questioned the wisdom of the selectors in including Trescothick in the touring party so soon after his non-attendance at the Champions’ Trophy in India.

Ed Joyce was yesterday named as Trescothick’s replacement in the touring side, with Alistair Cook almost certain to partner Andrew Strauss at the top of the England order in the first Test.

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