Marcus backs Tom to be a success

Tom and Tres

Marcus Trescothick has tipped new Somerset Captain Tom Abell to be a big success.

The veteran opener, who has himself skippered the County as well as taking charge of the England side on a number of occasions, believes that his opening partner has exactly what it takes to be successful in the role.

“It’s great news for Tom,” said Marcus.  “I think he’ll do a fantastic job.  There’s no doubt about it.  There will be some good times and some tough times for him but it’s a really enjoyable job.  It’s a role that you can drive at with a lot of passion and he is a natural born leader.”

“The way he approaches his own game, his training and his preparation are top class.  He’s also happy to help other people out and I think that shows that he will be a fantastic leader.  The team will be there to support him and help him out and hopefully he can lead us on from where we were at the end of last season.”

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“I think that he’ll lead by example.  He’s quite a quiet bloke as we all know but he just goes about his business and does the right things every day and for every ball.  He’s on it all the time and he’ll expect that from the other players.

“He has the ability to switch in to that captain mode.  I’ve played in a couple of Second XI games when he’s been captain and it was plain for all to see that he had the qualities that you need to be a captain.  I have no doubt that he’ll be able to cope with the pressure and lead us further in the next couple of seasons.

“It’s always nice to have a home grown captain, especially one who will lead the team from the front.  I’m sure that the supporters will be right behind him just as we will be in the dressing room.”