Trescothick forced to fly back home after relapse

MARCUS TRESCOTHICK&rsquo;S brave bid to overcome his stress-related illness and lead Somerset to Champions League glory in India, ended in tears yesterday when he was forced to pull out of the tournament and fly home early.<br /><br />The 33-year-old was touring overseas for the first time in three years since being forced to curtail his international career with a depression and anxiety condition.<br /><br />But just a week into the trip, the opening batsman decided the emotional burden was too much and flew back to his west country home last night after a heart-to-heart with Somerset director of cricket Brian Rose.<br /><br />&ldquo;Marcus has made a great effort to travel to India,&rdquo; Rose explained. &ldquo;Regrettably it has not worked out for him regarding his personal well-being and he has travelled back to England to rejoin his family. The club and all his team mates have fully appreciated this effort.&rdquo;<br /><br />Trescothick&rsquo;s latest relapse will now surely convince doubters that his international career is indeed over as just this summer he was being touted for a recall for the final Ashes Test against Australia at The Oval.<br /><br />His illness has forced him to return home early from two England tours &ndash; to India in February 2006 and Australia in November 2006 &ndash; and also caused him to collapse at Heathrow Airport while flying out on a pre-season tour of the United Arab Emirates with Somerset in March 2008.<br /><br />With that, Trescothick retired from international cricket, but after being named Somerset captain for next season, chose to risk a relapse and open the batting for the Sabres in the inaugural Twenty20 Champions League.<br /><br />Despite Trescothick scoring just 17 runs in his two innings, the Sabres qualified for the next stage after beating IPL champions Deccan Chargers before losing to Trinidad &amp; Tobago.<br /><br />Indeed, it was as the Sabres flew out from Bangalore to Hyderabad for today&rsquo;s Super Eights opener against NSW Blues, that the news broke.<br /><br />Trescothick never hid his fears of a relapse, however, admitting before the tour: &ldquo;I know the risk and I know what happens when it goes wrong. <br /><br />&ldquo;I can only try. It&rsquo;s a big competition for the players and the club. I have to try and make it happen.&rdquo;<br />