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Thursday 26 April 2018

Players rally in support of Trott

England's Jonathan Trott. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA
England's Jonathan Trott. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA

ENGLAND cricketers past and present have rallied behind Jonathan Trott after the number three batsman left the Ashes tour with a stress-related illness.

The 32-year-old has endured an ongoing battle with the illness for some time and is to take a break from cricket for the "foreseeable future", the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed yesterday.

Trott is not the first England player of recent times to experience similar difficulties, with opener Marcus Trescothick and limited-overs all-rounder Michael Yardy both leaving tours because of mental-health issues in the past decade.

And Somerset captain Trescothick feels Trott has done the right thing in turning his back on cricket for the time being.

"It would have been horrible for him to make that decision to come home, but he's definitely made the right decision to take a bit of time off," he said.

"I can totally understand Jonathan's Trott's decision to leave to get back on track again. It would have been Jonathan's decision to keep going and keep fighting. You can try and turn things around and you have to allow the player to make that decision. But those problems can become too big and you need that break to get your mind back on track again."

Former England bowler Matthew Hoggard, a player who has spoken openly about his battle with depression, feels Trott will not be the only player struggling with the demands of playing international cricket.

 

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He said: "There are lots of different elements that accumulate and it gets on top of you.

"If you're doing well, you can keep on top of it, but if you're not then it impacts on you.

"I don't think it is an isolated incident and I'm sure there are so many more.

"I think the reason that cricket is coming out more is because of the length of the matches and the time you're away from home.

"It impacts on you and it's stressful."

Several messages of support were posted on Twitter, with Australia coach Darren Lehmann among the well-wishers.

He Tweeted: "I wish Jonathon (sic) Trott a speedy recovery from a tough situation, a safe flight home to be with family!"

Current teammates Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann also rallied around the batsman.

All-rounder Broad wrote: "Love Trotty. Absolute champion of a man. He knows he has all the support of all the people around him. Puts cricket in perspective."

Spinner Swann, meanwhile, aimed a swipe at those who criticised Trott for his poor performance in the opening Ashes Test defeat in Brisbane.

The number three was twice dismissed cheaply at the Gabba by Mitchell Johnson, whose pace and bounce proved a particular problem for Trott and led to Australia opener David Warner describing they way he got out as "pretty poor and weak".

England team director Andy Flower hit out at Warner's comments, although pointed out they had not contributed to Trott's illness.

And Swann also seemed less than impressed with the critics, saying: "Glad there are so many good people out there showing support for Trotty. Those who aren't can quite frankly crawl back into the pond."

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