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Nightmare for England as dream curbs Tresco return

MARCUS TRESCOTHICK last night explained how a traumatic dream was to blame for his decision against making a sensational England comeback in the fifth Ashes Test next week.<br /><br />The in-form Somerset opener battled stress and anxiety during his glittering international career but was being tipped for a recall for the series decider, which England must win to regain the Ashes from Australia.<br /><br />Earlier this week, Trescothick said he would consider making a one-off return if asked, but yesterday told how an early-morning nightmare convinced him to stand by his decision to stay away from the international scene. &ldquo;It has been very flattering to see my name mentioned in so many circles since Australia&rsquo;s crushing win at Headingley and I&rsquo;d be a liar if I said the prospect of playing at The Oval hadn&rsquo;t occupied my mind a lot,&rdquo; said the 33-year-old, who starred in England&rsquo;s Ashes success of 2005.<br /><br />&ldquo;In fact, that has been the case to such an extent that the other day I woke up at 6.30am from a terrible dream. There is a nightmare a lot of cricketers experience that they can&rsquo;t get their pads on when they are due in to bat. My dream was a variation of that. I couldn&rsquo;t get my England kit out of my bag. The other players were waiting for me on the pitch to do a team photo so I was in a right panic. I woke up in a cold sweat.<br /><br />&ldquo;Perhaps that told me something. It gives me a massive kick that I am still thought good enough to come back and play at international level, but I&rsquo;ve gone too far down the line in battling my stress problems to change my mind about now ending my England career.&rdquo;<br /><br />While Trescothick ruled himself out of The Oval showdown, starting next Thursday, several other contenders were throwing their names into the ring. <br />Surrey veteran Mark Ramprakash, 39, reiterated his desire to play in a first Test match in seven years again yesterday, while Warwickshire duo Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott both made their presence felt with a feast of runs against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.<br /><br />Bell smashed 92no and Trott 121 as the England contenders put on a mighty third-wicket stand of 188.