A season of mixed emotions for Marcus Trescothick has finished on a personal high after he was named the FTI MVP player of the year.
The Somerset captain has skippered his side to five successive one-day finals only to see them lose out on each occasion. Their latest attempt to win a trophy ended in a five-wicket defeat to Surrey in the Clydesdale Bank 40 Final at Lord’s.
But there is some consolation in the Professional Cricketers’ Association’s recognition of him as the outstanding performer among his contemporaries.
He said: “It’s very pleasing to win it because it takes an awful lot of hard work over the course of a season to keep scoring consistently.
“As all the other good players up there with me have shown it is mental application that gives you that consistency week in, week out.
“But it’s also about having the passion and the drive. There are times, particularly as a captain when you get very tired – but you’ve just got to keep going.”
“It’s always nice to win an award – but it’s especially nice to win one when you are judged against the other players in the game.
The FTI MVP award is used as a statistical benchmark within cricket to examine each aspect of a player’s game in relation to his peers. Recent research has shown that Trescothick has earned more points over the last five years than any other player.
Since its inception in 2007, he has accumulated 2583 points, almost 200 more than second place Samit Patel and over 250 more than Ian Blackwell in third.
The bad news for county attacks, against which he has plundered more than 2,500 runs in all competitions this season, is that the 35-year-old has no intention of hanging up his batting gloves yet.
And he is confident the fortunes of his team will soon mirror his own if they maintain their attacking approach in all forms of the game.
He said: “I’ve got a target of still playing when I’m 40. If I’m still good enough I’ll look to play beyond that. There are plenty of opportunities outside the game but cricket is something I’ve always done and I want to continue with that for as long as I can.
“I want to continue in my role as captain, continue scoring big runs and hopefully take the team on to the success, which I feel we deserve. We keep threatening to win a trophy and keep falling short. But if we keep putting ourselves in the position to win one hopefully it is only a matter of time before we get over the line.
“It’s hard enough to play consistent enough cricket to get into the final, but we’ve just got to learn how to finish them off.”
The award, which has been accompanied by a nomination for the PCA’s NatWest Players’ Player of the Year award, is Trescothick’s second in three years.
His levels of performance are proof enough that he has no need to look further than cricket to the temptations that lie beyond just yet. But his well-documented battle with depression has convinced him that many of the more high-profile paths may not be for him anyway.
He added: “I don’t think I’ll be going into Celebrity Big Brother or into the jungle any time soon. I don’t think I’d be particularly well suited to either of those – in fact, I wouldn’t last more than a day!”