We’re picking an England XI comprising the players we invested in the most.
We’re all expert epidemiologists these days so it’s tempting to think there’s some sort of favourite player infection going on here. Gooch opened with Athers and infected him and then Athers opened with Trescothick and infected him.
It’s not like that though. It’s just that we’re doing this in batting order. It’s not entirely unlikely that our favourite openers batted together.
Superfit Gooch and Young Athers was all about the quick singles. Dodgy-Backed Old Athers and Sausage-Eating Trescothick was not.
Tres was great though. These days he seems to be chiefly remembered for the way his international career ended and his long stint in county cricket, but Marcus Trescothick was a really, really, incredibly good England opening batsman who lumped loads of brutal fours.
His approach, and success, was something of a revelation to us and that’s why we felt such affection for him.
In the 1990s, averaging over 40 was The Thing. England pretty much just had Robin Smith and Graham Thorpe the right side of the line. Then suddenly Marcus Trescothick came along averaging 40-odd opening the batting without moving his feet.
It’s easy to forget how important and amazing he was.