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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  • Jackie on April 30, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    I think it says a lot for the Warwickshire camp that Trott is encouraged to take his time and do what he feels like around the team. If he wants to be able to join the dressing room and carry the drinks, then good luck to him. They are all good mates and it is the perfect environment for a troubled cricketer to try to get his bearings again. Trott is devoted to Warwickshire and was heavily reliant on Giles as coach who helped to develop him as a star player. The loss of Giles as Warwickshire coach and in the England coaching system is not going to help Trott. Tresco decided that the best way forward was to play cricket for his County and retire from international cricket. This reduced the amount of stress of the media circus as well as pressures of being an England player. It might work for Trott. I hope so. Ending his days positively with Warwickshire is a laudable aim.

  • Jonathan on April 30, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    Can't help feeling that this article, and indeed any sort of article, about Trott is not what the man needs at the moment. He'd be better off with a complete rest from the media circus altogether: no prying, no reports on his recovery, just allowing him to get better at his own pace. The more attention he gets, the more pressured he's likely to feel to get back on the pitch, which helps nobody.

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