Marcus Trescothick is fit to captain Somerset as they look to end their dismal run in one-day domestic finals against Surrey in the CB40 Final at Lord’s.
Trescothick has been out of action for the past two weeks after damaging his ankle in the semi-final against Essex, but confirmed he will take his place at the Home of Cricket.
Somerset, last season’s runners-up in all three competitions and losing finalists in the last three Twenty20 Cup competitions have yet another chance to seal their first silverware since 2005.
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Trescothick, who has been spending time in an oxygen chamber in order to aide his recovery, admitted he is far from 100% fit after his ankle problem, but is confident of coming through the match.
“I’m wouldn’t say it’s fully healed necessarily - I think I’d need another three of four weeks to heal properly - but I can get through and do as much as I need to,” he said.
“It’s as good as I need it to be.
“I’ll take a couple of painkillers and hopefully with a bit of adrenaline I’ll get through.”
Somerset’s status as English cricket’s nearly men over the past three summers might irk some captains, but Trescothick’s public persona has remained remarkably positive throughout.
“You can only hope it will be different each match,” added the 35-year-old former England opener.
“We’ve got a lot of experience coming to these sort of situations now. It has never been easy, especially when you come away and don’t win then it makes it very tough.”
Last season superb individual performances from Ian Bell and Imran Tahir inspired Warwickshire to victory over Somerset, just two days after they had dramatically missed out on the County Championship title.
The West Country team were not involved in the dying embers of this season’s championship race though, and Trescothick believes his side will benefit from their less hectic preparation.
“Last year was very emotionally draining,” he said.
“Coming here this time we’re a lot fresher in the mind about what we’ve got to do.
“I’m not saying that will make a difference (to the result) but I think we’re better prepared than we were for it last time.”
Trescothick is more than 11 years the senior of his opposite number at Lord’s, Surrey’s Rory Hamilton-Brown.
The Lions’ young skipper is riding on a high following his side’s promotion to division one of the County Championship, as well as their magnificent, dominant run in the CB40.
Despite Trescothick’s description of Surrey as the country’s in form team, Hamilton-Brown prefers the underdogs tag.
“I’d like to think of us as coming in as underdogs,” he said, despite a record of 11 wins and just one defeat in the CB40 this summer.
“If you look at Somerset in the last few years they’ve had a lot of success in one-day cricket but within our dressing room we certainly believe we’re good enough to win. But it’s nice to go in as underdogs.”
Surrey’s exciting blend of hard hitting batsmen, tricky spinners and death bowlers of the class of Jade Dernbach and Yasir Arafat has excelled in the 40 over format.
Hamilton-Brown is keen for his young side to continue to express themselves – despite the undoubted pressure of the big Lord's occasion.
He added: “The key for me is that we come out and play with the freedom we have all year and don’t let the occasion get the better of us.
“I don’t think the occasion makes it tough. We’ve played at the Oval and in front of massive crowds before.
“I just think it’s about giving the guys the confidence to go out and do what they’ve been doing all year.”