England news February 26, 2014

Trott on track for April comeback

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • SirViv1973 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.

  • Englishmanabroad 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.

  • 2.14istherunrate 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.

  • on February 27, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Welcome back Trott.

  • YorkshirePudding 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.

  • 2.14istherunrate 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.

  • CodandChips 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.

  • humi_cric 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.

  • PrasPunter 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_iam 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.

  • SirViv1973 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.

  • Englishmanabroad 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.

  • 2.14istherunrate 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.

  • on February 27, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Welcome back Trott.

  • YorkshirePudding 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.

  • 2.14istherunrate 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.

  • CodandChips 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.

  • humi_cric 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.

  • PrasPunter 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_iam 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.

  • Rahul_78 on February 27, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    If we go by some of the comments posted on this post Trott better be prepared to the best of his ability. Few spectators wont let him forget too easily the Johnson effect neither would be the fast bowlers around the world. But he is undoubtedly one of the finest English batsmen around. So wish him all the best!

  • jonesy2 on February 27, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    how funny would it be if mitch decides he wants to play county cricket this season?

  • class9ryan on February 27, 2014, 0:35 GMT

    Now, do the SELECTORS want to MOVE ON ?

  • Mali-T658 on February 27, 2014, 0:28 GMT

    The Ashes 'hero', who faced Mitch and co. bravely and thrashed them all over the park, is making a comeback. Yay! I'm sure he was requested to take rest by the Aussie team in order to avoid further humiliation of their bowlers. I guess it's Steyn's turn now to get embarrassed by the Mighty Trott.

  • Raymond92 on February 26, 2014, 23:52 GMT

    Great to hear,

    I hope he gets himself into some form at county level, FC and LO, before a return!

  • on February 26, 2014, 23:40 GMT

    This is excellent news, Good luck to him and what an exciting start to the county season this will be with so many players trying to get into that first test squad with an extended build up with the limited overs matches coming first

  • EdwinD on February 26, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    Funny how the clowns at the ECB treat the players as pieces in a financial chess game, but although their organisation of games, games and more games leads to burn-out of players like Trott, Yardy, Swann, etc it's the players who are subsequently blamed e.g. Pietersen - I don't recall anyone from the ECB upper hierarchy being sacked?

  • mtfb on February 26, 2014, 22:58 GMT

    Bell is a good choice for number 3. 5 was always too low and with the irresponsible Pieterson out of the way, if Trott does make a comeback Bell will finally get to take his rightful place at 4.

  • Harlequin. on February 26, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    Great news...............

  • cloudmess on February 26, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    If he can find his form again, we certainly still need him. He may not recognise half the England team, mind.

  • wgtnpom on February 26, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    This is very heartening news. If Trott was just suffering from burnout or something similar and he's had time for rest and appropriate support from Warwickshire and the ECB, I'm sure he can make a full and triumphant return at the top level. I was afraid he might go the way of Trescothick but I think the circumstances aren't quite the same.

    And boy do England need him...

  • mrjanjua on February 26, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    The only problem with Trott is pressure and not using he's brain. Why is he getting under pressure?,there is no point of getting under pressure, Is he afraid of Mitchell Johnson?.Why would you run home and leave your team in a miserable position half way through a ashes tour?,absolutely ridiculous. I think he does not deserve to return to the English Team. He needs to take a deep breath,think and fix he's mind.

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  • mrjanjua on February 26, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    The only problem with Trott is pressure and not using he's brain. Why is he getting under pressure?,there is no point of getting under pressure, Is he afraid of Mitchell Johnson?.Why would you run home and leave your team in a miserable position half way through a ashes tour?,absolutely ridiculous. I think he does not deserve to return to the English Team. He needs to take a deep breath,think and fix he's mind.

  • wgtnpom on February 26, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    This is very heartening news. If Trott was just suffering from burnout or something similar and he's had time for rest and appropriate support from Warwickshire and the ECB, I'm sure he can make a full and triumphant return at the top level. I was afraid he might go the way of Trescothick but I think the circumstances aren't quite the same.

    And boy do England need him...

  • cloudmess on February 26, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    If he can find his form again, we certainly still need him. He may not recognise half the England team, mind.

  • Harlequin. on February 26, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    Great news...............

  • mtfb on February 26, 2014, 22:58 GMT

    Bell is a good choice for number 3. 5 was always too low and with the irresponsible Pieterson out of the way, if Trott does make a comeback Bell will finally get to take his rightful place at 4.

  • EdwinD on February 26, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    Funny how the clowns at the ECB treat the players as pieces in a financial chess game, but although their organisation of games, games and more games leads to burn-out of players like Trott, Yardy, Swann, etc it's the players who are subsequently blamed e.g. Pietersen - I don't recall anyone from the ECB upper hierarchy being sacked?

  • on February 26, 2014, 23:40 GMT

    This is excellent news, Good luck to him and what an exciting start to the county season this will be with so many players trying to get into that first test squad with an extended build up with the limited overs matches coming first

  • Raymond92 on February 26, 2014, 23:52 GMT

    Great to hear,

    I hope he gets himself into some form at county level, FC and LO, before a return!

  • Mali-T658 on February 27, 2014, 0:28 GMT

    The Ashes 'hero', who faced Mitch and co. bravely and thrashed them all over the park, is making a comeback. Yay! I'm sure he was requested to take rest by the Aussie team in order to avoid further humiliation of their bowlers. I guess it's Steyn's turn now to get embarrassed by the Mighty Trott.

  • class9ryan on February 27, 2014, 0:35 GMT

    Now, do the SELECTORS want to MOVE ON ?