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Trott poised for Warwickshire return

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March 6, 2014

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Jonathan Trott swivels to pull, Cricket Australia Invitational XI v England, Sydney, 2nd day, November 14, 2013
Jonathan Trott will play his first match in more than four months at the start of April © Getty Images

Warwickshire have confirmed that Jonathan Trott will make his comeback in a pre-season fixture against Gloucestershire at Edgbaston beginning on April 1. Trott, who left England's Ashes tour in November due to the effects of a stress-related illness, said that he had been "overwhelmed" by messages of support and was keen to get back to playing.

Trott had been a mainstay at No. 3 for England in Test and one-day cricket before returning home from Australia after the first Test in Brisbane. Speaking last week, Dennis Amiss, the former England batsman who is chairman of Trott's 2014 benefit committee, said he expected the batsman to return in April and Warwickshire have now announced that he will be involved in the two-day friendly.

It was previously decided that Trott would not join the Warwickshire tour of Barbados, which had led some to question his rehabilitation. However, he will link up with his team-mates after they return on March 25 and take part against Gloucestershire and then in the first-class warm-up against Oxford MCCU on April 7-9, ahead of the new county season.

"I've been overwhelmed with the kind messages of support from players, coaches and fans over the last few months, and I'm really looking forward to joining up with Warwickshire ahead of the new season," Trott said.

"We've got a strong squad that's capable of challenging for trophies in all competitions, and I'm determined to play a big role and hopefully contribute to more success for the Bears in 2014 and beyond."

Trott averages 46.45 from his 49 Tests and more than 50 in one-day cricket and England have struggled to fill the No. 3 spot in both formats during his enforced absence. Aside from Twenty20 cricket, England's next fixture is an ODI against Scotland on May 9, ahead of the visit of Sri Lanka, with Trott already a candidate to return if he can prove his form and mental readiness to resume his international career.

Dougie Brown, Warwickshire's director of cricket, said: "Everyone at Edgbaston will be thrilled to see Jonathan return to training after the club's pre-season tour of Barbados, and take to the field at Edgbaston in the 2014 season. Having met recently, he looks in great shape and is certainly hungry to score plenty of runs for Warwickshire. He's been a crucial member of the England set-up for nearly five years and I am certain he will be back as England's number three in the near future."

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Posted by YorkshirePudding on (March 7, 2014, 8:21 GMT)

Its good to see thats hes starting to recover from what ever caused his withdrawl from the Ashes.

@jmcilhinney 100% agree, lets not rush him back, at best we might see him play in the ODI series at the end of the summer against india, maybe as a trailt to see if hes ready for the WC, at a push he MAY be ready for the last couple of tests in the summer, but thats very optomistic.

We also have to remember that Tresco made a succesful recovery from his problems but was never able to recreate the International success he had prior to that.

Posted by BionicBowler on (March 6, 2014, 19:27 GMT)

Great news to hear! Well done Jonathan. Being burnt out is nothing to be ashamed about. Glad you've recharged your batteries. Hope you'll delete all that stress, "de-story" from what has happened, get in the now, and uncreate all the bs that comes from the press side of things...God bless.

Posted by ENGLANDEXPECTS on (March 6, 2014, 19:20 GMT)

Are you people serious, what's Trott going to do next time Mitchell Johnson or Dale Steyn is running in to bowl at him. I'm afraid he's been found out . Time to move on and give the youngsters a chance.

Posted by real_gone_gadd on (March 6, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

I think they should set a target fate of the 1st test against India for his return. This way, he isn't rushed back and the likes of Taylor, Compton, Morgan, Ballance and Moeen have got a chance to impress.

Posted by Thuram3 on (March 6, 2014, 15:08 GMT)

Awesome news, good to have Jonathan Trott back, great to watch!!!

Posted by CodandChips on (March 6, 2014, 12:17 GMT)

@ jmcilhinney "I can't help thinking that it would be a mistake to get him back into international cricket straight away"- agree with you there. Surely we need to give the likes of Taylor, Ballance & Ali their deserved chances, rather than rushing Trott's recovery, especially as he could be forced to play when he is not ready.

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 11:34 GMT)

Let him score a few runs but England badly need him. Okay he left bcoz couldn't take the stress or whatever.But he is a class act. He should be in test and odi teams but not rushed right away. He can be a big part of rebuilding phase along with cook who has fallen in terrible form in 2013 but I think can bounce back and score tons of runs if he hands over captaincy to maybe a younger guy .Ben Stokes or Joe root do another Graeme Smith ? Not likely as both are not assured of their places and england is too conservative but certainly could give it a try .You want ur best batsmen in form

Posted by arun_padmanabhan on (March 6, 2014, 11:21 GMT)

So poetic of cricinfo to have trotty playing that jab to the short ball as the pic!! :P

Posted by siddhartha87 on (March 6, 2014, 11:04 GMT)

Lankans and Indians visiting England,great chance for Trotty to score heavily against these weak bowling attacks

Posted by jmcilhinney on (March 6, 2014, 10:38 GMT)

I can't help thinking that it would be a mistake to get him back into international cricket straight away. Obviously everyone would be keen to have the strongest possible team on the field for England as they try to regather themselves after falling apart in Australia. I'm sure Trott himself would be keen to get back in an England shirt as soon as possible too, not least because he's already 32 and only has a few good years left. If he rushes back to the pressure of international cricket too early though, it may do more harm than good.

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