Trescothick offered 1.56 mn to hit ball out of Lord’s

Updated: Dec 06, 2010, 19:40 PM IST

Melbourne: As England fight the elements to draw first blood in the ongoing Ashes series, one of their former Test stars has got an opportunity to earn a cool USD 1.56 million if he can send the ball sailing over the stands of the historic Lord`s stadium.

Former opener Marcus Trescothick, who remains a formidable name in the country`s county circuit after retiring from international cricket, was offered a chance to fish a million pounds if he muscles the ball over 210 feet from the Nursery End landmark at the Lord`s.

The hard-hitting batsman received the offer from his bat makers Mongoose for repeating a feat that has been attained only once in the cricketing history, `The Herald Sun` reported.

Mongoose said Trescothick was well-placed to repeat the record set by Australian Albert Trott, who cleared the 50-foot building during a match for Marylebone Cricket Club in 1899.

The 34-year-old will be equipped with the Mongoose`s latest bat, designed for cricket`s shortest form.

PTI