Marcus Trescothick admits to being bewildered by Somerset’s dreadful start to the season and is demanding a lot of hard work before the second County Championship fixture against Lancashire at Liverpool.
The favourites for the title were humiliated on their own ground by unfancied Warwickshire, bowled out for 50 to lose by an innings and 382 runs.
Somerset lost 12 wickets in a session as they followed on and could hardly blame a pitch on which the visitors had run up 642 after losing the toss.
Skipper Trescothick admitted: “I’m baffled like most people are about how we played. I have never seen so many wickets fall in one session at Taunton in all my 18 years with the club.
“I don’t really know what to say. When the opposition put 600-plus on the board and then you get bowled out cheaply twice it’s pretty evident what has gone on.
“There are a lot of different things we could look at, but in the end our performance was simply not good enough.
“You just have to crack on and put in a lot of hard work, which is what we shall be doing. We can only look at ourselves as players and admit that we haven’t done ourselves justice.”
Director of cricket Brian Rose, who feels any defeat keenly, described the game as an early season wake-up call.
“To say what went on was a reality check may be something of an understatement,” he said. “We have tended to start seasons slowly and it was a major topic of conversation that we needed to hit the ground running this time.
“It didn’t happen and we need to look at reasons. Lancashire have made a good start so the next game won’t be easy, but I would expect it to be a result wicket at Liverpool.
“It should suit Ajantha Mendis more than Taunton and it will give us the opportunity to put the Warwickshire game behind us quickly.”
The second innings of 50 all out equalled Somerset’s lowest ever score against Warwickshire, the previous being recorded in 1951 at Edgbaston.