County news April 29, 2014

Brown 'encouraged' by Trott latest

England's Jonathan Trott joined his Warwickshire team-mates in the dressing room to witness their 98-run win over Nottinghamshire from the pavilion balcony but head coach, Dougie Brown, played down the prospect of another attempted playing comeback for the troubled batsman.

Trott, who left England's Ashes tour to Australia after the opening Test because of what was described as a stress-related illness, returned to Championship action for his county just under three weeks ago only to suffer a relapse, after which it was announced he would take an indefinite break.

"I assume he will be around the dressing room for the next little while," Brown said. "We had a good chat and we know where he is at and all I can say is what we spoke about is very encouraging."

However, Brown would not be drawn on the subject of a return to playing cricket, even at 2nd XI level. "Let's just see where he is at," he said. "He is dealing with something that has been ongoing for a while and the last thing I want it to be, just because he is back in the dressing room, is it turning into a circus.

"I would really like it to be understated, for him to do what he needs to do to get back into cricket and for people to leave him to do that. People now understand that this is something he has got to focus on to get himself back to where he needs to be, without it being a circus."

Interviewed before the season began, Trott insisted he was not suffering from depression but burnout in Australia, where his problems became public knowledge after he suffered a peppering from Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson in the opening Test.

He had hoped a period at home with his family, away from the pressures of an Ashes series, would enable him to make a quick recovery. However, after a low-key comeback in a pre-season University fixture, Trott was selected for Warwickshire's opening Championship match against Sussex at Edgbaston, where he looked comfortable in the first innings but again struggled against short-pitched bowling in the second, twice being hit on the head and body before he was caught at deep square leg playing a poor leg-side shot.

His troubles were compounded when he then dropped a routine catch in the slips offered by the Sussex matchwinner, Ed Joyce, and confessed to his team-mates afterwards that his problems had resurfaced.

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