Marcus Trescothick has welcomed the decision to let Andrew Strauss to play as a guest for Somerset in their three-day match against India at Taunton, starting on July 15.
The England captain will switch counties from Middlesex for a one-off appearance designed to help him regain form and confidence ahead of the Test series with India, which starts at Lord’s the following week.
It is not yet certain whether Trescothick will line-up alongside his former international colleague. But the Somerset skipper has no doubts that the unusual move will benefit all concerned.
“To me it makes perfect sense for all parties,” said Trescothick. “Andrew will get the chance to play himself into form ahead of a massive Test series on one of the best batting pitches in the country.
“And from Somerset’s perspective his participation will add enormously to the interest in what was already a hugely attractive fixture.”
Trescothick has also revealed that Strauss contacted him to sound out his views before committing himself to the idea.
He said: “Andrew left a message at the County Ground for me to phone him while I was out training because he wanted to make absolutely sure no one at the club would take exception to him filling a place in our side.
“I was able to reassure him on that point. I don’t know yet what our team will be against India, but I do know that everyone at Taunton will make him welcome and will be delighted to play a part in England’s preparation to overcome the top-rated Test side in the world.
“In my time playing for England I think he would have been encouraged to rest. But these days there is a swing towards playing more cricket in preparation for internationals.
“I see it as a great chance for him to make a century in what should be prime batting conditions against the very attack he will have to face in the Tests.”