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Jonathan Trott: Who to believe?

The team discuss the reaction to Jonathan Trott's first interviews since leaving Australia, and look ahead to England's World T20 campaign (36:09)

March 18, 2014

Posted by Not_Another_Keybored_Expert on (March 21, 2014, 9:37 GMT)

@ SB im not saying he didn't have a mental illness but I do think he's inability to play Short pitched bowling played a big part in he' decision to leave the tour, For some players this can take a long time to overcome and some players never really do overcome it(Michael Bevan for Example).

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 6:28 GMT)

Being found by short balls is nothing new in cricket. But my point was he didn't go back to England because he was scared of Johnson. Mental illness drains out all of your abilities (let it be cricket or general things in life). Sure he faced Johnson at his best but what proof you can give he wouldn't have played well had he been mentally fit?

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

It is very dangerous to keep on at someone who has gone through hard times be it stress related or burnt out. We must leave the chap well alone and no doubt he is receiving all the right support to get over his problem.

The last thing you need is unqualified people interviewing him and digging up the past that he could well do with forgetting during the present time.

Posted by crktttt on (March 20, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

Trott is obviously trying to downplay his problems since he is trying to get back into the team. He still needs the support of fans, media etc. The last thing a person who is facing stress related problems needs is attack from all corners. It is really dangerous in my honest opinion.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 14:58 GMT)

Trott got scared of JOhnson and abused the trust of his team mates and his fans. I really believed he had a mental breakdown and was sympathetic to him. From his interview I believe he used a ruse to get out of facing Aussie pacemen, white Trott gets sympathies from the establishment Kevin who stayed the whole tour gets the boot

Posted by pietime on (March 20, 2014, 10:56 GMT)

Johnson's aggressive play could have played a part at the end but Shane bond is right. It's was mental stress. Some people don't handle the pressure as good as other players. It's a simple fact. Failure can cause stress and to many sports stars this has happened. He needs as much support as possible. He's a pretty damn good player, but he puts to much pressure on his self to perform. Check that odi average of 50+. He's the man. Hope he has the will to want to play at the highest level again.

Posted by NigelW on (March 20, 2014, 9:26 GMT)

Trott did himself no favours with his interview with Cricinfo, in which he came across as self-serving and self-abosrbed. He may not be; but that's the unmistakeable impression the piece conveyed.Above all, his private affairs should be kept away from the crricketing discussion. We don't need running updates on the state of his mental health and it was quite unnecessary to intrude into his personal circumstances with the details about watching his wife's grandmother die and the "row with a high-maintenance member of his extended family" . A great shhame if the piece and the negative reaction to it has "hastened the end of his career", as is claimed in the podcast. But shouldn't both Trott and the journalist have thought of that before concocting the interview, which turned the whole sad story into a soap opera? If it was meant to be part ofTrott's rehabilitation it was a colossal misjudgement and it has backfired spectacularly.

Posted by Not_Another_Keybored_Expert on (March 20, 2014, 9:04 GMT)

@Shane Bond He never faced any bowler with the aggression and Intent that Johnson showed during he's comeback, the cracks were evident during the ODI's In England when Trott Seemed completely shell shocked by Johnsons short pitched bowling, He also got found out against the short ball against S.A

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 6:14 GMT)

@Chiller38 Trott faced Steyn and Johnson numerous times. It was his mental fitness that took hin back home not Johnson.

Posted by Chiller38 on (March 20, 2014, 3:43 GMT)

I would have thought the reasons for Trott's departure were clear from his dismissal's in the Gabba Test. Johnson was quick and he did not want to face him.

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