Trescothick relives Edgbaston 2004
Marcus Trescothick knows how it feels to be part of an England side dominating West Indies on home soil.
The Somerset opening batsman was a member of Michael Vaughan’s team that whitewashed the Windies 4-0 in 2004 to complete seven straight Test victories following their 3-0 triumph over New Zealand earlier that summer.
Trescothick contributed 319 runs at an average of 45 in the series, hitting the headlines with two centuries in the second match at Edgbaston - which plays host to this week’s third Investec Test against the same tourists.
The destructive left-hander, playing his 52nd Test, followed up a first-innings 105 with 107 as England eased to a 2-0 series lead courtesy of a 256-run victory.
“We were just starting to progress into a really good side at that time,” he told ecb.co.uk.
“I got two hundreds in the game which was great. I ran myself out in the first innings and we started losing wickets in the second, but I managed to stay in.
“My record was pretty good there; I had some decent success there. They were quite slow, the Test pitches we have played on, but they do spin and go up and down later on. We have had some good results there.
“I think we were playing pretty well; they were very competitive in what they were trying to do. I remember the team they put out; we were trying to dominate.”
Trescothick enjoyed fruitful stands with fellow left-handers Andrew Strauss, now England Test captain, and Graham Thorpe, who is England Lions lead batting coach.
The hosts, batting first, saw Trescothick and Strauss add 77 for the opening wicket before a 60-run partnership with Thorpe helped England post a mammoth first-innings 566 for nine declared.
After Ashley Giles took 4-65 off 30 overs to dismiss the Windies for 336, England were struggling at 52 for three. Trescothick and Thorpe, who made 54 before becoming one of Chris Gayle’s five victims, again frustrated the visitors' attack with a 132-run stand to set an unlikely victory target of 479.
“With Straussy we had a good opening partnership together and we worked quite well with each other,” he said.
“Left-handers with both partnerships was always quite good. With Thorpey, he is very knowledgeable and had a good understanding against different teams and was always good to get advice from.”
Giles, Warwickshire’s director of cricket, used the spin-friendly conditions at Edgbaston to his advantage, claiming 5-54 to dismiss the Windies for 222 and complete the victory.
“It does spin there. As the game goes on it’s usually quite dry hence why you get the spin and a bit of up and down over the course of the game,” Trescothick added.
“You would like to think it spins on most Test pitches around the country; once you get a bit of sun on it tends to break up a little bit.
“Spinners have always done OK there; obviously Ashley has done well in his career with Warwickshire and England.”
Shivnarine Chanderpaul struck 43 and 45 at Edgbaston eight years ago and is still frustrating the England bowlers now, scoring two half-centuries in the first Test at Lord’s.
Trescothick paid tribute to Chanderpaul for his ability to continue churning out runs during an 18-year Test career.
“He’s a machine; it’s pretty unorthodox how he goes but he does the fundamentals pretty well, watches the ball pretty close and just keeps getting runs,” he added.
“You have always got to respect people who can maintain it for a very long time.”