England news February 26, 2014

Trott on track for April comeback

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jonathan Trott is on course to start the domestic season with Warwickshire and has been backed to return to international cricket.

Trott left the Ashes tour with a stress-related illness straight after the opening Test in Brisbane. At the time it was revealed he had been managing his condition for a considerable length of time.

He has since been supported by the ECB and PCA during his recovery and is on track to play for Warwickshire at the beginning of the season. Their first Championship match is against Sussex, at Edgbaston, on April 13 but he is expected to play against Oxford MCCU at the Parks the week before.

He will not be part of Warwickshire's pre-season tour of Barbados but that was always part of the plan. Trott has yet to speak publicly since leaving Australia but Dennis Amiss, the chairman of Trott's 2014 benefit committee, said his desire to return at all levels is strong.

"He's doing very well. He's had a great rest, which is very important, and he is raring to go again," Amiss told the BBC. "He's still very hungry. He wants to continue succeeding both for Warwickshire and for England."

"Cricket is his passion and I believe he has qualities, as we've seen, to be able to score a mass of runs for Warwickshire to get himself back into the England side and regain his position."

"I think it was essentially burnout. The England and Wales Cricket Board has helped him while he has been back. Everybody has given him a lot of help. Rest has been the most important thing."

In Trott's absence, Joe Root was initially promoted to No. 3 but was dropped after the Melbourne Test and Ian Bell took the position. In the one-day side, the No. 3 role is currently held by Ben Stokes.

England's home international season begins with a one-day international against Scotland on May 9 before Sri Lanka arrive for a tour that includes one Twenty20, five one-day internationals and two Tests.

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  • Dean on February 27, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    Pleased for Trott & potentially very good news for Eng. Even if he starts well for Warwicks I wouldn't consider him for the games against SRL. We don't know how his rehabilitation is going to go so we need to look another option at 3 in that series, Taylor would probably be my choice. Perhaps if is all is well mentally & form wise then a return later in the summer may be a possibility. However we shouldn't expect too much too soon.

  • Dave on February 27, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    If it is true, and if JT makes it back into the England line up, it will be great news, and I for one, will be overjoyed to see him come back.

  • Michael on February 27, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Error in my post on JT should read..'competition of merit..'rather than ..'completion of merit..'which is nonsensical.

  • Android on February 27, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Welcome back Trott.

  • Jason on February 27, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    It is good news that we'll see him back for Warks, however lets not get too exited and remember the way Tresco made a recovery to play in county cricket but was never able to sustain a career back at international level.

    I expect that Trotts problems were more down to mental exhaustion than the type of problems Tresco suffered, and this seems to bear out that.

  • Michael on February 27, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    This is a rare piece of good news. I am very happy he is able to come back now. Does he have any completion of merit for his place? Seriously? Anyway I hope he continues to feel better.

  • Paulo on February 27, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    England miss Trott more in ODIs than tests I reckon. Having Trott would allow a more attacking opening players, while he is the rock/glue that bats through. Unlike Cook and Bell he can bat through consistently and raise his tempo in ODIs.

  • Syed on February 27, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Great news. I think he will be among the top scorer in year 2014, as England is playing 5 test matches against mighty Indian bowling line up. I won't be surprised if he scores a triple century. Our neighbour are very good in batting but having absolutely friendly bowling attack among the top playing nations and since they know about J.Trott medical issue they will bend over backwards to feel him comfortable. I like this quality of Indian team very much.

  • Prasanna on February 27, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Without a strong No 3, Eng will find it hard against india. So good on him to be back. My best wishes to him.

  • Bored on February 27, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    For every England fan worried about Trott's form: forget county. Get him to play against the Indian bowlers this summer directly. We make skill-less batsman appear good. Trott still has potential.

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