Pakistan v England: Marcus Trescothick says Ben Stokes’ side ‘just getting started’

England will seal a series win in Pakistan if they win the second Test in Multan
Venue: Multan Appointment: December 9-13 Start time: 05:00 GMT
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England are “just getting started” with their thrilling results and performances, according to assistant coach Marcus Trescothick.

“It’s the start of a long journey where we’re going to have exciting cricket,” Trescothick said.

“You’ll see young players really blossom and shine.”

England will claim their first Test series victory over Pakistan outside the UK in 22 years if they win the second Test in Multan, starting on Friday.

The former Trescothick flyhalf, who played 76 Tests, was part of the last England side to beat Pakistan away in 2000.

“This team is just getting started,” he said. “They are finding more opportunities and different ways to push boundaries.”

England’s success under Tests captain Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum was built on a huge shift in mindset from the side that didn’t win. only once in 17 tests before the pair took control.

They score their runs at a fast pace and use unconventional tactics on the pitch. The victory in the first test is the result of a bold declaration.

Trescothick was part of an England side that undertook a similar change in approach, when then-captain Michael Vaughan urged them to stand up to Australia after 18 years of losing the Ashes series , leading to the famous victory in 2005.

“We created a different way to how we wanted to go about it,” Trescothick said. “For a few years before the climax of 2005, we built a different style of play, a more aggressive style. We knew we had to face Australia and play that way.

While Trescothick believes his England side were trying to ‘catch up’ to Australia, he believes Stokes’ side are setting their own benchmark.

“It’s up to everyone else to decide if they should catch up and play that style,” he said. “It’s not for us to judge. All I know is playing against us, it’s exciting cricket and it’s going really fast.

“I think you’ll see the opposition try from time to time.”

Australia will defend the Ashes in England next summer, but Trescothick said he wanted the series to start next week.

“That’s the exciting part,” he said. “If it continues in this form, it bodes well for a great series.

“We don’t look too far into what’s going on, but it’s exciting because the Ashes series is the pinnacle of what we do in Test cricket.”


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