Keeping dilemma remains - Trescothick
Marcus Trescothick has revealed Somerset have yet to come up with a definitive answer to their wicketkeeping conundrum.
The Taunton club face a dilemma many would be grateful for as the 2013 season looms, with Jos Buttler and Craig Kieswetter battling for the right to serve as first-choice wicketkeeper-batsman.
Buttler recently replaced his county colleague as England's limited-overs stumper, but it is not yet known who will be handed the gloves for Somerset's opening LV= County Championship game against Durham, starting on April 10.
Speaking to ecb.co.uk, Trescothick admitted no plan has been put in place as yet when it comes to the potential duties of Buttler and Kieswetter, who could each be utilised as a specialist batsman should the other be preferred as wicketkeeper.
"We're very aware of all the talk that has been going on. It's tough and there's no immediate answer," said Somerset's captain.
"I don't think we know what our solution is at the moment - who's going to keep in what or the opportunities that are going to arise for people.
"We've got to try to get them both in the right frame of mind to do well for Somerset; the team must come first.
"It's the first time I've experienced it, the magnitude it is. With both of them vying for the same position that's why it is so awkward. But we've just got to let it ride for a bit. It's a case of trial and error I think over the next few games."
A part-time keeper himself in the past, Trescothick did offer one potential solution, albeit in jest.
"I might pull my gloves back out myself and take it away from everybody," he joked. "We'll see what happens."
Somerset look set to be without Nick Compton, last year's leading first-class run-scorer, for much of the domestic campaign following the batsman's recent success with England's Test team in New Zealand.
Successive hundreds have put Compton firmly on course to play in the home series against the Black Caps and Australia this summer.
Yet his county have taken steps to counter his potential unavailability by recruiting South Africa opener Alviro Petersen for the first half of the season.
"I think you can see with our planning a little bit with Alviro - that's what we're sort of angling at," said Trescothick, when asked about Compton's likely absence.
"I think he (Compton) will be away for a fair part of it. He's done well and deserves to play against Australia."
Compton's performances in the Test arena have not come as any shock to those at Somerset.
"He strives all the time to be better than what he has been before so we're not surprised at all that he goes out and hits back-to-back hundreds," added Trescothick.
"We've seen him here for the last few years; when he gets going he scores big runs."