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Tresco to skip India visit

Trescothick rested for Somerset's clash with India

Trescothick: Having a rest

Marcus Trescothick will not play for Somerset against India this week - meaning no reunion with his former England opening partner Andrew Strauss.

The Somerset skipper is being rested for the tour match for which Strauss is making a special one-off appearance for the west country county to prepare him for the forthcoming Test series against the Indians.

The pair opened together for England in the victorious 2005 Ashes campaign but Trescothick left the international arena soon after.

Somerset's director of cricket Brian Rose said: "It is a long and taxing season for Marcus as a captain chasing success in three competitions and the fixture list offers few chances for him to take a break.

"We want him fit physically and mentally for some big games ahead and we feel it right to inform our supporters in advance that he will not be playing against India.

"While there will be disappointment over this, there is the added interest of his replacement as opener being the England captain Andrew Strauss, who is guesting for us in the tour match.

"We will select our team on Thursday and it will be a strong one for what promises to be three days of hugely entertaining cricket."

The three-day match gets under way at Taunton on Friday with the Test series starting on July 21.