England in Australia 2013-14 November 25, 2013

Trott returns home due to stress-related illness

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Jonathan Trott, the England batsman, has left the Ashes tour with a stress-related illness that he has been coping with for several years and will not return for the remainder of the series.

Trott departed Brisbane on Sunday night after England's 381-run defeat in the first Test at the Gabba. He fell twice for low scores against the short-pitched bowling of Mitchell Johnson and his ability to combat fast bowling came under heavy scrutiny.

"I don't feel it is right that I'm playing knowing I'm not 100% and I cannot currently operate at the level I have reached in the past," Trott said in a statement. "My priority now is to take a break from cricket to focus on my recovery."

England have no immediate plans to call up a replacement.

The England team management have been aware for the bulk of Trott's international career that he has been struggling with a stress-related condition and suggested there were no indications that he was under any additional strain as he entered the first Test in Brisbane.

Flower and ECB managing director Hugh Morris spoke to him on the third evening of the Brisbane Test, within hours of his second-innings dismissal, and a mutual decision was quickly made that he needed to return home.

England are not ruling Trott returning to international cricket at a later date, as he has successfully managed the condition over several years, but at 32 his England career might logically be at an end.

Morris said Trott would be given as much time as he needed to recover. "Jonathan Trott is an incredibly talented cricketer who has proven himself time and again for England," he said. "Cricket is unimportant now, all that matters is that Jonathan is given time, support and space to recover."

Flower said: "Trotty has been struggling with a stress-related conditions for some time and has managed it very successfully. He's been a brilliant international batsman for England and hopefully he will continue to be a brilliant international batsman for England in the future.

"But he needs time away from this environment for a while, time with his family, time to reassess and spend some quiet time with his family. This isn't the type of environment for that type of rest and recuperation that he requires.

"I have been aware that Jonathan struggled with these things from our first contact as player and coach. It is something that has always fluctuated. I have the utmost respect for Jonathan as a bloke and a cricketer - a really successful international cricketer. I am lucky that I have been coach while he has been our no 3. He has been an absolute rock for us."

Under the management of Duncan Fletcher and more recently Flower, England have cultivated a highly professional, motivated and taut team environment that has reaped some outstanding on-field results, including the retention of the Ashes through three consecutive series, temporary ownership of the world No. 1 Test ranking and victory in the 2010 World T20 in the Caribbean.

However, some might suggest it has taken a toll on cricketers at times across the era, despite a large backroom staff covering many areas of a cricketer's physical and mental well-being.

Trott is the third England cricketer to depart a tour with a stress-related illness in recent years. The opener Marcus Trescothick left the 2005-06 India tour and the 2006-07 Ashes tour of Australia before the first Test in Brisbane, while the left-arm spinner Michael Yardy flew home from the 2011 World Cup. Neither cricketer has played for England again.

England's management have insisted that Trott's departure has nothing to do with the comments delivered by Australia's opening batsman David Warner during the Test when Warner pointedly questioned his appetite for fast bowling. To draw such a distinction would be entirely simplistic.

Morris was at pains to state: "I want to be really clear on this: Jonathan has managed a stress-related illness for a period of time. It is not down to any particular incident over the last few days."

Flower echoed that made in his press conference although the England team director was highly critical of Warner's remarks. "We've been on tour for about a month and he's had it ups and downs through that month and it's not directly related," he said.

Nevertheless, Flower did not flinch from general criticism of Warner - responding on one occasion to the suggestion that Warner was "ignorant" of the situation by suggesting it was a very good choice of word.

"I would also say that I also think players commenting about fellow professionals in the media is disrespectful. On this occasion he has got that terribly wrong. I think we set different standards to that, and one of the reasons we don't like commenting on opposition players is that we don't know what's going on in their dressing room and private lives.

"Competition on the field is fine and perfectly acceptable but having players comment on fellow professionals on the international circuit, I think he overstepped the line.

"It is a competitive environment - two proud nations trying to win an Ashes series - and that rivalry is exciting, but we also have a responsibility to behave in a certain way. Whether we like it or not, our leaders must be role models.

"The game must be played in a certain spirit, it must be competitive but like most things in life there is a balance to be had. All of us have that responsibility."

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo. Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor

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  • Rabies on November 25, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    I have always been such an admirer of Trott, his patience and mental fortitude seemingly unbreakable, accumulating an average of over 45 in tests is mute testament to his ability. To now understand that he has been suffering under the burden of what so many looked up to him for is something that I find myself admiring all the more- it takes real strength. Having the courage of one's convictions to stand tall and face the demons head on takes courage of an entirely different hue. Even if he never plays Test cricket again, the game is richer for having had him in it, and I, for one, wish him every happiness and peace.

  • latecut_04 on November 25, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    First Of All and this is mighty important..Congratulations Jontathan Trott.YES.I mean it and i am not taking pot shots at anyone.he is neither 'weak' nor 'running away'. He is among the most courageous men in the globe. He has admitted he has a problem and offered to take treatment before resuming national duties.He is brave on many fronts.for saying 'No' to his source of income(albeit temporarily);for admitting the disease and seeking treatment and for many other things. No one would have understood (atleast outside Eng cricket circles) he is dealing with stress if he himself did not come forward and admit it.No amount of applause can recognise this attitude and courage..However a slight concern is that he joins the already long list of English cricketers who have battled this. Ofcourse he is not to be blamed or anything but English cricketers' recent tryst with stress need to be looked into by the ECB and staff.Repay the courage shown by them

  • tickcric on November 25, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    I think Trott took a well timed decision. If he continued to play despite the stress related illness not only it would have harmed him but also England team's chances in this series. Get well soon Trott, with your class and temperament you are bound to get back to the England side when you regain your health. We cricket fans wish you a speedy recovery.

  • Bluedylan on November 25, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Please let's not have any ignorant comments about him being 'weak' or running away from the battle. There is a serious problem with mental health issues in cricket, due to the nature of the game and the lifestyle, and it is not helped by comments from supporters and/or media. Hope he gets the help he needs away from the game. If this was an Aussie or other nationality, I'd feel just as bad for the guy. Shame for England too, but better to be honest about these things for everybody concerned, and try to move forward. Get well soon.

  • xtrafalgarx on November 25, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    No, this is not funny. Even as an Australian supporter, it makes you remember how much pressure these guys really are under and it's not just a game, it's their livelihood. I should be happy that he is going, but he is a class player and i wish him well in his life though, cricket it just a game, but this goes beyond that.

  • kiwicricketnut on November 25, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    Mental illness is no laughing matter, certainly someones mental illness should not be targeted by sledging, i'd be stressed out facing 150km short pitched bowling too but Trott has done the right thing standing down, there is no way you could play at that level when your not well, i wish him a speedy recovery, he's a fine player. You would hope that something like this happening might stop the aussies from their over the top verbal attacks on players but my guess is they'll just use it as ammo.

  • on November 27, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Good luck Trott.Wishing u a speedy recovery ------ from India

  • Malret on November 27, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    We all support you, Trott! - from India.

  • Gaswell on November 26, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    Jonathon Trott, you are indeed a courageous chap. Hats off to you for the courage and fortitude you are showing in battling this debilitating condition. Know that there are many hundreds of thousands of people in everyday life battling the same demons and that these people are all behind you. You will beat this.

  • markthespark on November 26, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    @Alrick V Warner: It's not just England. Jesse Ryder, Lou Vincent, Andrew Symonds, Shaun Tait to name a few others, I'm sure there's many more from other countries, including Asian ones, who just disappear off the scene without anyone knowing why who have the same thing. 1in 4 struggle with an illness like this in their lifetime, it shouldn't be surprising.

  • Rabies on November 25, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    I have always been such an admirer of Trott, his patience and mental fortitude seemingly unbreakable, accumulating an average of over 45 in tests is mute testament to his ability. To now understand that he has been suffering under the burden of what so many looked up to him for is something that I find myself admiring all the more- it takes real strength. Having the courage of one's convictions to stand tall and face the demons head on takes courage of an entirely different hue. Even if he never plays Test cricket again, the game is richer for having had him in it, and I, for one, wish him every happiness and peace.

  • latecut_04 on November 25, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    First Of All and this is mighty important..Congratulations Jontathan Trott.YES.I mean it and i am not taking pot shots at anyone.he is neither 'weak' nor 'running away'. He is among the most courageous men in the globe. He has admitted he has a problem and offered to take treatment before resuming national duties.He is brave on many fronts.for saying 'No' to his source of income(albeit temporarily);for admitting the disease and seeking treatment and for many other things. No one would have understood (atleast outside Eng cricket circles) he is dealing with stress if he himself did not come forward and admit it.No amount of applause can recognise this attitude and courage..However a slight concern is that he joins the already long list of English cricketers who have battled this. Ofcourse he is not to be blamed or anything but English cricketers' recent tryst with stress need to be looked into by the ECB and staff.Repay the courage shown by them

  • tickcric on November 25, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    I think Trott took a well timed decision. If he continued to play despite the stress related illness not only it would have harmed him but also England team's chances in this series. Get well soon Trott, with your class and temperament you are bound to get back to the England side when you regain your health. We cricket fans wish you a speedy recovery.

  • Bluedylan on November 25, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Please let's not have any ignorant comments about him being 'weak' or running away from the battle. There is a serious problem with mental health issues in cricket, due to the nature of the game and the lifestyle, and it is not helped by comments from supporters and/or media. Hope he gets the help he needs away from the game. If this was an Aussie or other nationality, I'd feel just as bad for the guy. Shame for England too, but better to be honest about these things for everybody concerned, and try to move forward. Get well soon.

  • xtrafalgarx on November 25, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    No, this is not funny. Even as an Australian supporter, it makes you remember how much pressure these guys really are under and it's not just a game, it's their livelihood. I should be happy that he is going, but he is a class player and i wish him well in his life though, cricket it just a game, but this goes beyond that.

  • kiwicricketnut on November 25, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    Mental illness is no laughing matter, certainly someones mental illness should not be targeted by sledging, i'd be stressed out facing 150km short pitched bowling too but Trott has done the right thing standing down, there is no way you could play at that level when your not well, i wish him a speedy recovery, he's a fine player. You would hope that something like this happening might stop the aussies from their over the top verbal attacks on players but my guess is they'll just use it as ammo.

  • on November 27, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Good luck Trott.Wishing u a speedy recovery ------ from India

  • Malret on November 27, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    We all support you, Trott! - from India.

  • Gaswell on November 26, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    Jonathon Trott, you are indeed a courageous chap. Hats off to you for the courage and fortitude you are showing in battling this debilitating condition. Know that there are many hundreds of thousands of people in everyday life battling the same demons and that these people are all behind you. You will beat this.

  • markthespark on November 26, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    @Alrick V Warner: It's not just England. Jesse Ryder, Lou Vincent, Andrew Symonds, Shaun Tait to name a few others, I'm sure there's many more from other countries, including Asian ones, who just disappear off the scene without anyone knowing why who have the same thing. 1in 4 struggle with an illness like this in their lifetime, it shouldn't be surprising.

  • izzidole on November 26, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Whether it is stress related illness or not it's no fun having to face Mitchell Johnson bowling at 150 kph whisking past your body almost every ball. After all it is part and parcel of the game and Johnson cannot be blamed for it unless the ICC enforce a maximum speed limit. The final result is that it was too hot to handle for the poms who were bowled out for a meagre score in both innings suffering virtually an innings defeat. Only an injury to Johnson could save England from a 5 nil whitewash at this stage unless they find a way of combatting his thunderbolts. Despite all the big talk before the series started it is England who are now the underdogs.

  • JG2704 on November 26, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    @Meety on (November 25, 2013, 23:06 GMT) Thing is Trott has coped with it for years and also surely it is a condition whereby only the person themselves know they are suffering and how they are dealing with it. There are obviously levels of stress and maybe Trott was only suffering mildly from stress all this time and it's just come on worse now. Maybe it all sounds worse than it is and Trott is nowhere near the stage of breakdown but also realises that his ability to focus properly may let the side down and also erring on the side of caution so that he's not risking getting into the same state as Tres. Trott seems a very grounded individual so this could well be the case

    @Alrick V Warner on (November 26, 2013, 4:35 GMT) Stress is an illness. England could be number 1 in tests and ODIs with Trott top of the ICC rankings in both and it would make him no less vulnerable

  • on November 26, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Johnson also started well in the previous ashes series held in australia but England bounced back and won the ashes; same thing will be happening in this ashes as well.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 26, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    Ridiculing a human who says that he is down with a stress related illness, is heights of cowardice. In fact, Trott is a brave guy to succeed at this level even after battling his illness over an extended period of time. Guys, you don't have to bring down Trott to praise your favourite player. Show some humanity. Hell, even if you itch to compare, understand that you can't compare two bodies. Just because somebody doesn't get cancer doesn't mean somebody else also shouldn't get it. It's the same thing with mental issues and illnesses. You can't give another player's example and look down on Trott.

  • on November 26, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Sad to see Trott's premature departure from the Ashes tour. He will be missed! This is a huge loss for England at a very trying time. I wonder why yet another English player has succumbed to a stress-related medical issue. Is it because of the pressure of winning? Are English players under that much stress back at home? Are players from other countries under the same pressures? Does it have to do with the strength of the sports media in the UK, and the large sums of money that cricketers are now being paid?

  • pestonji on November 26, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    This problem wont go away till cricket streamlines its scheduling. I cant imagine being away from home for months playing in matches which are essentially meaningless. Depression is bound to set in. I think this is the second Ashes series in a year. Cricket needs a schedule.

  • landl47 on November 26, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    I join with everybody else in wishing JT well and hoping that he recovers fully.

    As a practical matter, I'm glad he took this decision now. He was clearly not playing Johnson in the way that he should have been (and did in 2010/11, don't forget) and might have added serious injury to his problems if he'd continued to go out there.

    Facing a bowler as fast as Johnson requires complete concentration and proper technique. Trott wasn't able to offer either in the first test and would have been taking a terrible risk by going on. This isn't a game of marbles, and risks are inherent in the sport. A player needs to be in a good place to cope with them. Trott wasn't.

  • krik8crazy on November 26, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    Kudos to Trott for being bold enough to put a full stop to whatever was tormenting him. Many times in life people forget that they do have the choice to say enough is enough and step away from the daily grind.

  • class9ryan on November 26, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    Jonathan still can play a lot of cricket, no doubts on his quality as well. I hope he rejuvenates himself and appears on a English team again.

  • jango_moh on November 26, 2013, 0:51 GMT

    i sincerely hope trott gets through this period... ive never been a big fan of his, but if a person has a mental issue troubling them, that should never be made fun of or used to describe his talents on the ground... having said that, i think warner should not be mixed with this at all... everybody does a little bit of intimidation in sports, and im sure warner wouldn't have done it if he knew of the situation with trott!!!

  • on November 26, 2013, 0:38 GMT

    Trott's case just confirms how stressful the life of a cricketer is these days. Good on him to admit his condition and went back to have treatment. It better than continuing the tour and embarrass himself time and again.

  • on November 26, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    I really feel sorry for Trott. I noticed that he was just not himself and now his mental state has been revealed which makes me understand Trott's drop in form. The sad thing about a mental condition is that people who have never been exposed to it will never understand the 'breakdown' of the affected person. When your arm has been broken, people see this and accept this. In Trott's instance, the condition is much, much worse than a broken arm. Trott is hurting everywhere but this is not witnessed by the person looking at Trott! Some thus, and the comments confirm this, will view Trott with suspicion and a complete lack of empathy/sympathy. Others like me , who are and have been in Trott's position, will know that Trott is hurting, and hurting very badly. The broken arm analogy is miniscule when compared to Trotts present mental state. I applaud him for putting up his hand and indicate 'I just cannot anymore'! Go well Trotty! I know what you are going through!

  • An_Opinion on November 25, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    Great amount of self-honesty, self-awareness and courage is required to do what Trott did here - which is to realize the problem, acknowledge it and take the decision to work on it. For any comparisons made here by the people from subcontinent - I would only like to add - cricket (or any job a person does) is not the only thing in the picture here. No one knows what his support system is like, what his past was like - what he is as a person - without knowing all this - how do you compare? I am from subcontinent myself and I have met many people in my life who should have taken time out to address their issues but could not do it for many reasons including the fact that they did not have opportunity/awareness/courage to accept something is wrong. My request is - do not fool yourself by not acknowledging the gravity of stress related issues.

  • on November 25, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    A real pity, but certainly with no shame attached - I'm sure all England fans would want to wish Jonathan a speedy recovery. Isn't this type of problem (apparently) affecting players more nowadays because there is simply too much cricket being played and demands on players' time by the media have also increased greatly over the past few decades?

  • Twinkie on November 25, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    David Warner is just young. Hopefully he will be more careful from now on. As for Trott, far from being weak, he has to be really strong to do what he's done over the years. Even this Windies fan wishes he'll bounce back and return to good health and form. Struggle on and overcome as you've done before, young man!

  • Meety on November 25, 2013, 23:06 GMT

    I think England management should be given an upper cut. If Trott has been dealing with a mental illness for years & given the prior history of Trescothik - surely they would of been able to assess where Trott was at?

  • on November 25, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    I would like to know more about depression because i never really read into to it that much. Trott shouldn't have played if he has had this problem for a very long time. Hope he returns in the England shirt again and gets another chance to have a dig at Johnson. I think Trott's replacement should be Gary Ballance and Moeen Ali should have got a chance to be in the squad as well considering his bowling is quite decent as well.

  • on November 25, 2013, 22:37 GMT

    Feel for the young man and hope for the best. This situation is just sad from all points of view....nuff said.

  • jb633 on November 25, 2013, 22:18 GMT

    As an England fan I am devastated by this news. I feel for all our players, win or lose, as a human being I want them to be happy in their work. I also feel with this news goes our chance of retaining the ashes series. Trott has been such a mainstay in our team in the last 5 years that nobody can replace him. I hate Davey Warner so much right it's not even funny. Mental illness is becoming more and more common in English cricket sides and I personally think that apart from India we play the most (and too much cricket). I fear, as we did with Tresco, that this could be the end of his international career. I hope against hope I am proved wrong.

  • lebigfella on November 25, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    It is fascinating... Trott has effectively dropped himself. He has done what so many of us can fail to do in everyday life... know when we're beaten and opt to leave before it is too late. Cricket can be intense, professional cricket is exceptionally intense and test cricket is unbelievably intense with every single move, shot, reaction, emotion and sadly current technical flaw & seeming weakness under intense scrutiny. Unless anybody is 100% then every single thing about that player is over analysed. It has to be so incredibly tough. Hat's off to you Jonathan and we sincerely wish you all the best.

  • ShutTheGate on November 25, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    I have to admire the bloke for having the guts to do what needs to be done to get his health better. I hope we see him back down here for the world cup.

  • on November 25, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    why was James Taylor dropped from the England team? He had a great summer in all formats but has dropped off the face of the earth? Surely he could've batted at no.3?

  • fanofcricket123 on November 25, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    On the one hand, we say cricket is a gentleman's game. On the other hand, we say that cricket should be "played hard but fair" as the Aussie players have told all the time. It is as if, when Aussies are given the baggy green, they are asked to memorize this line.

    Another favorite of mine is when they say "As long as you don't cross the line, it is okay". LINE? What is the definition of this LINE and who makes this LINE? Does each country make up its own LINE? Who decides the boundaries of this LINE? Is there an official ICC LINE? If that is the case, then players should understand that these words/phrases are in the lexicon of the ICC LINE and they shouldn't feel disrespected. It is just "banter". It is because there is no such LINE. Each one makes up his own LINE. Each one keeps pushing the boundaries of the imaginary LINE. And that is where the problems start.

  • Poignant on November 25, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    Trott is a good batsman and he has proved it in the past. It's unfortunate for England that they will be missing a true talent. Flower was spot on; such curt remarks regarding a fellow sportsman was truly unprofessional of Warner.

  • on November 25, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    Times like this do indeed sort the men from the boys. Not referring to Trotty, it's clear that he's a courageous man and I wish him all the best. By sorting the men from the boys I mean the 99% of fair-minded commentators on here whom I applaud. The rest....have a think, please. Aus fans, hats off, a classy response, by and large. Thank you.

  • Raps on November 25, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    I fear that there maybe bigger issues here. There have been several England international players that have gone through depression and stress prior to Trott's issues. Either there is too much pressure being put on the players or the Association is not doing enough to protect the players from mental health issues. David Warner's comments have nothing to do with this issues as it would have been long standing.

  • Jaffa79 on November 25, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    England won't go for Stokes as Prior is not betting well enough but I don't think he'd do worse than Ballance who looks like Stephen Hawkins has better footwork and Bairstow who would not cope with the short ball. Get James Taylor in! Solid technique and a big heart.

  • malomay on November 25, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    I second all the comments on here wishing him well & a full recovery, and this from a one-eyed Aussie supporter. And although this could make the English task harder, you always want to see the best play the best. I for one, was looking forward to seeing how Trott might deal with the rest of the series. There's no doubt he wouldn't have stayed down for its entirety. He's too good a player for that. Be interesting to see how Bell slots in at #3 (surely that's what will happen ?)

  • Digimont on November 25, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    Firstly, as a recent sufferer of a mental illness, I can say from experience they can be 20 years or more in the making. Best wishes to Jonathan and to the English team, who's stress points have all just gone up some.

  • on November 25, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    well its a very horrifying news to hear.Trott is one of the best and only dependable batsmen in England lineup and its a huge blow but to add on nothing comes first before health and rightly so he should go back

  • on November 25, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    Credit to trott. The facts are that however more professional they make the game it is about great players and the current era and its morals does not produce the vivs or the beefys. To the games detriment. As a sidenote i should imagine whole teams would have gone home for depression during the dominant west indies era! Great to see pace again even if david frith doesnt approve!

  • JG2704 on November 25, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    Re Warner's comms - I think too much is made of what he said re "Trott being weak"

    Warner had no idea of Trott's condition and it was aimed at a weakness on the pitch. Something I'm sure he won't be the 1st to emphasise and won't be the last. For my mind he has nothing to apologise for.

  • JG2704 on November 25, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut on (November 25, 2013, 8:33 GMT) I'm not sure if you were implying Australia were sledging Trott knowing of his illness but I don't think any outsider knew. However even as an Englishman I don't think anything extra should be done to stop verbal attacks so long as the umpires and the powers that be are ok with the content. I'm pretty sure all teams have players who sledge in an attempt to get a little extra advantage and that's part/parcel of the game. A bit of sledging isn't the reason why Trott has left the tour , he'll have been sledged throughout his career

  • JG2704 on November 25, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    @Mohsinul Haq on (November 25, 2013, 17:22 GMT) What's wrong with people's inability to understand that stress is an illness/condition?

  • IPSY on November 25, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Let's pray that Johnathan Trott recovers from his illness as soon as possible! Trott has been an outstanding international cricketer, since he's been playing for England. I'm an ardent fan of his. On the other hand, I think that a lot of unnecessary mountains are being made out of some little mole hills that emerged during the just concluded Ashes test! Competitive cricket was never meant to be played in a religious crusade-like atmosphere! And there should never be any effort to have it played that way! Here in the Caribbean, our cricket has always been played in the most grueling of all sporting competitions, at all levels - from primary school level to the highest level of our local competitions. Hence, when a player was picked for the WI, he had to be ready for battle anywhere! That's why we used to be so good. Yes, respect for opponents was priority; but political correctness was never overdone - we bragged and boasted and challenged one another, to stimulate quality in our com.

  • extratitch on November 25, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    As a long time sufferer of mental illness and a huge cricket fan I empathise hugely with Trott.I know that I would rather face a Mitchell Johnson beamer from ten yards with only a ping pong racket to defend myself with rather than return to the dark places my illness has taken me.This is a disease and we should no more castigate Trott's decision to step away from cricket to receive the treatment he requires than criticise Yuvraj for not ignoring his cancer diagnosis and just getting on with playing cricket.The most important thing is that Jonathon can be given the time and space to recover for the sake of his family.This doesn't'just happen to poms'either.Both Slats and Gillo have gone on record talking about how difficult it was to deal with depression in such an atmosphere.I hope that the cricket loving community,regardless of their allegiances,can get behind Trott right now because this is a condition you would not wish upon your worst enemy.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on November 25, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    As I've watched Trott bat in the last year I noticed he wasn't quite up to his impressive best, but he has the strength to get through this and I'm in no doubt we'll see him back at 3 for England. The question of who replaces Trott is an interesting one. Root has long been the heir-extraordinaire of any of the top 6, but his lack of any kind of practise in Oz before the first test meant he was one of the casualties of the pitch and some superb long-hops from Johnson. Root is durable and can be moved anywhere, he'd take it on the chin too, and with the enterprising Ballance down at 6 England would be vastly superior.

  • on November 25, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    He has undoubtedly done the right thing by taking some time off. He looked like a man completely out of sorts during the recent test, the shot which got him out in the second innings exemplified that. However I wonder how much of an impact the "taut" team environment has had on Trott, who ultimately is one of the most decent and fairest guys in the side. This team doesn't seem to be one which accepts defeat well, and i suspect a culture of blame within the set-up when things have gone badly results wise may have played its part in damaging his state of mind. However as a Bears fan of 10 years i wish him a speedy and healthy recovery.

  • on November 25, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    I would like to know more about depression because it is quite interesting know what it can impact. Trott simply should not have been playing in this series considering he has had this depression for a long time. I hope he overcomes it and comes roaring back in an England shirt; this certainly isnt the end for him especially at a ripe age of 32.

  • on November 25, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Mr Trott is a fine cricketer and a brave individual in accepting his lot and opting out of the tour.I think the media must adopt a code of conduct on tours.Fellow cricketers are not behaving in the spirit of the game.ICC must investigate.I have a genuine desire to see cricket where men are gentleman once more.

  • NZCricketfan1 on November 25, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Sad to see Trott go, a class player period. I will wager those people calling him weak have never faced anything above 140km/h. For mortals you don't see the ball out of the hand you judge the length by the position of the release. You need to move across and into line with the ball. It is by its very nature a massive task and one that generates fear in most. Its not enjoyable, its battle.

    If mental illness is weakness the same can be said of Michael Clarke's back complaint when it flares up.

    As for Australian sledging that's all pretty normal really. I was supporting Aussie in the first test. Time to go back to anyone who plays against them. Good luck England in 2nd test. I realise they are allowed to sledge but I don't have to like it, for me actions not words count.

  • pestonji on November 25, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    When is cricket going to realize that it needs a 'season"? I think a big part of the problem with players like Trott is that they simply are not given a schedule in advance to plan their lives around. Test cricket without a world championship every 4 years is essentially a meaningless exercise. I think the meaninglessness adds to the mental health issues ten fold. Every test playing nation should play ONE 3 match Test series in a calendar year and NO MORE. Similarly trimeed schedules are needed for the shorter formats. I used to travel on business at a time in my life when I was an enthusiastic traveller. even then after 2 weeks I was ready to be back home. I do not blame Trott etc. one bit. They are playing under an antiquated administrative set up that just does not get it.

  • markthespark on November 25, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    This isn't about an inability to harden up and just try harder. This is about a physiological disorder that affects the very core of who you are and how you function as a human being, not merely just as a cricketer. If he went home because it was clear his kidneys or his lungs weren't functioning properly no one would question it; why do people question it now?

  • kahvas on November 25, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    England need to bring in Compton. Panesar should be in the playing 11, Aussies will have a tough time against him. Remember, how aussie batsman were clueless against Jadeja in India tour where they were drubbed 4-0, Panesar is much better than Jadeja and Aussies will have a hard time against him.

  • on November 25, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    Its really sad to see a really good player not being able to give his best. I am pretty sure Johnathan Trott is a strong character and wouldnt have left, unless this illness was impossible to cope with. Its hard and is really tough on the players, being away from their loved ones for such long periods of time. At times we have to see the bigger picture. If this is the end of his international career( and I hope its not), I wish him all the very best with in future. It has always been a pleasure to see him play.

    On a different note, some of the comments made by Australian players have been naive. Big words from a team that went 12 test matches without a win. Makes me want to stop rooting for them winning the Ashes.

  • on November 25, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    :( really sad to know this. It was a treat watching Trot battling alone with many fearsome bowlers of today. I hope to see him back soon.

  • CodandChips on November 25, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Poor guy. No wonder his batting of recent (including the home Ashes) has been so un-Trott like.

    Maybe something good will come out of this. Think of Trescothick who would have been a marvellous international player. His issues meant we got Alistair Cook. Imagine having to chose between Alistair Cook and Andrew Strauss (considering what Strauss' captaincy did for us). Maybe Balance or whoever replaces Trott will be the next big thing in international cricket.

  • on November 25, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Good to see some sympathy here. Stress is a 24 hour day thing not 9 til 5 especially when you are away from home. Good luck with your recovery Mr Trott.

  • on November 25, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    @Ranga Duraiswamy

    Really? Perhaps you should read their autobiographies. All three have suffered with it, Gilly severely.

  • on November 25, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    Whats wrong with these English cricketers?Still remains as a mystry to me....Jonathan was my favorite...feeling sad!

  • dalboy12 on November 25, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    The sad thing is a lot of Aussies are going to see this as a victory, which is a shame. In the end Trott has an illness that has taken him out the series, which is just like someone being taken out with a pulled hamstring or bad back, except this illness or injury is mental and can't be seen. In previous years, players probably had to play through it and suffered greatly because of it. I see it as no different than if Clark's bad back flared up and he had to pull out the Ashes. Many other players have had conditions or injuries that shortened careers, here in NZ - one MD Crowe had a bad knee. This is no different, except its an illness and is mental more than physical, and like with all good players you hate to see illness/injury ruin their career. So recover well Trott --- the pitch needs your constant marking of centre stump.

  • JG2704 on November 25, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Some really ignorant comment on here. "Separating Men From The Boys" etc

    Not sure exactly how long he's been coping with this but he has played a number of tours since he 1st played for England and if he has been coping with this for several years then he'd have toured UAE,SL,India and NZ and possibly also Australia and SA while he had the symptoms. Same with Tres - not sure how long he was fighting depression/stress for but he had played all over the world. I'm sure neither player would have started a tour if they felt in danger. I'm sure that bowlers bowling at fast speeds to him will have had no bearing on his illness. Hopefully Trott has merely recognised that it's affected him and pulled out before it has affected him to the degree it affected Tres

  • 2929paul on November 25, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    What this shows is how mentally strong Jonathan Trott must be. To put yourself into such a stressful environment for so long and succeed when you are suffering from a stress related illness shows real strength of mind and fortitude.

    For those who are struggling to understand this, imagine a bowler continuing to bowl flat out with a damaged knee, knowing that each delivery will hurt and could cause a serious injury which will put him out of cricket for months, or finish his career. But he bowls because he has the mental strength to battle through the pain and the fear of lasting injury. He knows that eventually there will come a time that the injury will beat him if he keeps putting so much stress through that leg but until then, he just wants to keep playing.

    For stress related illness, substitute stress fracture and see how the article reads.

  • WC96QF on November 25, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    Am amazed, never imagined stress cud be so high that a tour wl be given up. Guess some ppl are just not up to the task, it's a victory for Aus !

  • rohan34mca on November 25, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Sympathize with Trott, however won't blame Australians as they are entitled to have a dig at the opponents, to put doubts in their minds. Would question the people management of ECB though, He is the 2nd one going down along with Tresco & KP issues apart. It is a GAME for God sake. If people were aware of his situation, why was he put in a highly competitive series in the first place? Who is putting so much pressure on these players? Only the Guys who enjoy the game, can play to the best of their abilities. I would ask Trott to spend some time with Ishant Sharma, In spite of trying to his best, he was literally abused/mocked by more than a billion people only because of six balls,hopefully this will lighten him up :-) Wish him speedy recovery..

  • on November 25, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    As usual, Andy Flower has it spot on. 'Ignorant' is a very good choice of word when describing Warner, and we all know it's not the first time this rather unpleasant individual has overstepped the line. He ought to shut up, and let his cricket do the talking for him. That's how proper sportsmen behave.

  • RohanMarkJay on November 25, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    Jonathan Trott is a fine batsman. He is one of the main reasons why England h has been quite successful in the last 4 years in particular holding down the important number 3 position. I wish him the best and recovery hopefully he has a few more years yet in his international career for England. I hope he has a good rest and recuperation period and is back in the fold. Health is more important than cricket. Wish him the best.

  • on November 25, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    what is stress related illness? can some one please explain? I have never heard Steve W or Gilly or Lara or Punter taking stress illness. Why does it affect Poms?

  • USIndianFan on November 25, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Seeing this news makes you respect Sachin Tendulkar all the more. What stress he must have been under.

  • crikkfan on November 25, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    I don't get it - the timing is dubious. As serious as these illnesses might be, that it should reveal itself after a poor performance only casts doubts on the professionalism of the players and administrators of letting Trott play in the series in the first place being well aware of this pre-existing condition. Let me just add that these are modern terms that have been used for conditions that probably have always existed - imagine the players going through stress all these decades with no support system around them that actually understood what they have been through.

  • SevereCritic on November 25, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    So, Bell would probably move up to no 3 with Joe Root moving to 5. And Ballance will probably come in at 6. With 2 new batsmen in Carberry and Ballance and 1 relatively new player in Root, onus is upto Cook, KP and Bell to take some responsibility and score the bulk of the runs for the English. England might play 2 spinners at Adelaide with Monty coming in for Tremlett. In which case Ben Stokes might be called upon to play as no 6 instead of Ballance for the extra bowling option if required.

  • mrmonty on November 25, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Hate me as much you want, but isn't every weakness mental?? Slow reaction time to bouncers, tentativeness against seaming ball, incapability to cope with spin; so, why stress-related affliction needs a special eye or empathy and others don't?

  • delpihero on November 25, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    When you face bouncers its stressful

  • lancs-lion on November 25, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    It's a real shame that Trott's health let him down at this time. Partial blame must go to the management who knew that back to back Ashes would be a real challenge for him. Some players were given a good long rest so why not Jonathan? As far as England's batting display it was woeful. Only Carberry and Cook played Johnson well. The others need to keep their hands low and just defend the stumps. Some of the shots played, well, you would need a step-ladder to reach some of those high and wide deliveries, 90mph or not. You have to be prepared to take a few blows for the cause. Come on England....show some bottle. If the same happens on December 4th it could all be over by the 7th, series and all.

  • cloudmess on November 25, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Get well soon, Trotty, health is way more important than cricket. Test and ODI batting averages of 46 and 51 respectively generally involve courage as well as technique. Tough guy David Warner may be fit to shine your shoes once he hauls his average out of the 30s and scores a properly gritty, pressure-situation 100.

  • burslemcc4 on November 25, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    1 Cook 2 Carberry 3 Bell 4 KP 5 Root 6 Bairstow 7 Prior 8 Bresnan (Stokes if TB not fit) 9 Broad 10 Swann 11 Anderson

  • on November 25, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Get well soon Trotty! Compton should be called up to replace him, he is idea at grinding down attacks to lay a platform for KP and Bell and would not be fazed by quick bowling at his body. For the next test England should go with: 1) Cook 2) Carberry 3) Compton 4) Pietersen 5) Bell 6) Root 7) Prior 8) Bresnan 9) Broad 10) Swann 11) Anderson.

    Bresnan is desperatly needed as Swann is struggling at the holding job and Bresnan should be used as a wicket taking option but also to build pressure at one end and keep things tight. Keep Prior for another test as his wicket keeping is superior to Bairstow's and he has expirience in Australia, but another couple of failures and England might need to give him a break for a while.

  • LahorePak on November 25, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    One should aplaud the Trot's decision to pull out of series, when he knows he can't give 100%. get well soon buddy, WE WILL LOVE TO SEE U Play AGAIN.

  • BradmanBestEver on November 25, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Sorry to hear that - get well soon mate. This will be a killer blow for an already demoralized and dispirited England side. The straw that broke the camel's back.

  • Team_Eleven on November 25, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    First of all, I wish luck for Mr. Trott in his recovery from this unfortunate phase. A thorough gentleman and plays the game the way it should be played. I think it does not show what is inside a player's mind by just looking at the way they go about in the crease or on the pitch. Looking back at Trott's ball facing routine and his immense concentration skills, I am little surprised by these events. Makes realize that any player however successful they are, is not immune to the stress. This puts things in perspective and explains the amount of stress and pressure that Sachin has went through for most part of his career. But may be it is the pressure that great players like KP, Lara and Sachin needed to perform at that level.

  • lugujaga on November 25, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    the so called spirit of cricket and laws that they claim prevent players from being critical of other players in public, needs to be expanded and ban slegging on the cricket field also.cricket can and should be played without verbally abusing the opponent during the game to gain an advantage. the icc should take a stand and ban slegging all together in all cricket.this kind of abuse is not tolerated in other sports so cricket should not allow it.

  • on November 25, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    though i am australian supporter, i feel very sad for trott, he is a great player averaging more than 50 in both osis and tests, it will be very tough for england to replace trott. hope he will get well soon and be back in england side for odis.

  • Naresh28 on November 25, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    A batsman of class like Trott should definitely bounce back. Just take time off.

  • johnal on November 25, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    its so sad when that happens to any player . hoping trott has the will power and strenght to fight back all the best to u johnathan

  • dreamliner on November 25, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Firstly, its one of the biggest rivalries the Ashes and while my heart goes out to Trott, who btw symbolises the grit in England, I am pretty sure he isn't thinking about Warner's comments much so lets just wish hima speedy recovery.

    Replacement news. Well Worcestershire's Moeen Ali, incidentally a number 3 batsman, has been named 2013 Player of the Year by the Professional Cricketers' Association. The 26-year-old all-rounder scored more than 2,000 runs in all forms of the game this summer, and took 55 wickets with his off-spin bowling. Apparently he is part of the Performance Programme squad in Australia this winter. Lets give this lad a go; he looks like Hashim Amla and just seems like the most ideal replacement ever, check him out on cricinfo. England selectors are you listening?

  • Stephen07 on November 25, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    All the best to Jonathan Any mental illness is tough and is no shame. To those that do not know what it's like..please refrain from commenting! Get well Jonathan, you are a brave man.

  • Blakey on November 25, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    England team management have been guilty of not providing sufficient support for their player by selecting him in the team. They should have realised how highly energized this game was going to be and sheilded him from it.

  • Juiceoftheapple on November 25, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Brilliant No.3 for us. Potentially the most critical batting slot, and his emergence has been critical to our recent resurgance. I hope he will be back. This is a disaster for Englands cricketing fortunes. I feel if he hadnt been in the 50 over stuff he might have had some down time between test series. The australians continue to cover themselves in glory, and rest assured Australia, there is no healthy sporting respect your your nation at the current time. Compton is a ready made No.3 to blunt the Oz attack, I suggest Flower bite the bullet and say he's sorry and put him on the next plane out. Get well soon Trotty.

  • Blakey on November 25, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Just trying to remember some of the comments made to and about Mitchell Johnson when he toured England, 2 tours back. The crowds, the press and some players all took turns to ridicule his bowling despite his fragile mental state at that time. Don't remember any concerns from anyone for his health at that time! In saying that I hope Trott gets his health back.

  • Nickoshot on November 25, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    I think Trott has made the right decision, He has paid England with a stack of runs and now its time for him to take a break. Maybe back to back Ashes was always going to be too much for a player who was struggling. Five Match series are the ultimate test match test, with nowhere to hide from players who have the advantage. Get well soon Trotty. It takes a strong character to know when to step back

    Trott leaves a massive hole even with his form, some will call for Root but I would move Bell. Quality player who has experience at first drop

  • Rajesh.Kumar on November 25, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Test cricket always separates men from the boys. More so when it is as high-voltage an affair as Ashes. Actually, I can't sympathize much with Trott. If he knew that he had a stress related illness, then he should have simply opted out of the tour. Didn't he see Johnson bowl in that ODI series in India just prior to Ashes? He frequently clocked above 150 kmph there. It is no fun to face such fast bowling as Yuvaraj and Raina will surely testify.

  • Baundele on November 25, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    The England cricket system might have something in it. Trott has been a silent performer over the years. I wish him all the best to come back strong in international cricket. It also shows how strong KP is.

  • on November 25, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    This is part of game. One must take it onto nerves!! Hope so he'll get well soon.

  • on November 25, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Trott became the 3rd player to have Stress related illness, no other country have it, is the Team support staff doing too much with the players that it becomes a burden on the player and they are going down mentally rather then just having fun playing the sport they love.

  • AltafPatel on November 25, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Trott going way Troscothic did 7 years before ! is it end for Trott !?

  • Westcountryman on November 25, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    I admire Warner for apologizing, but clearly his comments were no more than a very small tip on a very big iceberg. Ironically, though, Trott's decision shows that he is actually a very STRONG person, who deserves a lot of credit for his bravery. I'm rather disturbed by England's apparent refusal not to send for a replacement, though, especially if Root is no longer seen as an opener. The top-order batting looks very thin, all of a sudden.

  • on November 25, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    its happened time to time to England cricket as they fell mental stress.

  • mazdonal on November 25, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Silly immature comments and the media always needling and probing cricketeres performances have precipitated this. A great injustice has been done and Trott needs to be get over this and prove every one wrong. He should work to come back to the place he belongs in. I am sure the ECB will give him every opportunity for this. He must be show himself to be a greater man than those disparagaing him. People throwing aspersions should be careful. Their time will come as surely as clouds rolling over and the Sun shining.

  • milepost on November 25, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    I respect Flower but he is well out of line to single out Warner's comments. I thought his policy was to keep his mouth shut, that is probably the best policy for him. Warner should follow the same policy but I hardly think him stating the obvious is disrespectful when we know what all these players say to each other on the field. Best wishes to Trott, cricket fans everywhere respect you.

  • on November 25, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    who is the replacement? nick compton.... johnny bairstow??

  • PACERONE on November 25, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    With all the equipment worn by players today how do they get hurt.Sledging is not necessary in the game.I went in as night watchman years ago and the fastest bowler in the country said to me"kid don't get hurt".I survived the night and next day hooked him for three consecutive fours.He never bowled another short ball at me.Anderson and Broad can always be seen talking to opposing batsmen in an aggressive way.Tit for tat..take it if you want to give it.

  • Leggie on November 25, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    What a tragedy! Trotty is a fantastic cricketer and to the external world seemed like a person with steely resolve and someone who is mentally very tough. Gives an idea on what these cricketers / sportsmen go through in their lives - trying to live up to the expectations.

  • jonesy2 on November 25, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    all the best to him in getting back to full health

  • DGT01 on November 25, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Today my admiration of Trott has only increased, he has been brave to stand up and face the situation. He has put the sporting interest of his nation in front of his own. Good luck Trott from all your Indian fans in UK. Its a great loss as you are one of the few in this team who can be role models for the youngsters in this country.

  • Stevros3 on November 25, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Fair play to Warner he's come out and apologised for his comments. He obviously didn't know what was happening as the ECB have managed to keep this under wraps in an attempt to protect Trott and well done to him for apologising.

  • Dax75 on November 25, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    More to life than Cricket. Good on you Jonathan Trott, always admired you as a cricketer, all the best for your future from an Aussie fan.

  • CricketChat on November 25, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Sad as it is, the stigma associated with quitting an Ashes tour will last for the lifetime with Trott like it did for Trescothick earlier. I am afraid Trott will be relegated to county circuit from now on after his revelations. Hope I am proved wrong though.

  • on November 25, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Get well soon Jonathan you will be missed

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on November 25, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    Wow, that came out of the blue. Has been 'suffering it for years'? Our thoughts then to the man, he deserves credit for his honesty. Root to move up and normal order remused once England perform as we've all watched them do for years and years.

  • Yevghenny on November 25, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    deven_sharma, I can't speak for other nations, but I know English cricket takes the issue seriously and implore their players not to hesitate in coming forward on the subject

  • jokerbala on November 25, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    I never expected this guy of all to have stress issues, he came across as a supremely confident and feisty guy in a few interviews not that it has anything to do with illness, I was just my perception. I would put him in the category of Hashim Amla another run machine who always has a good strike rate put people feel they are suited for tests only .get well soon Trott

  • souwesterly on November 25, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    Sad for him and I wish him well. Obviously his homesickness (or whatever) combined with his anxiety over his batting became too much - presumably, like Trescothick, he'll be confined to home fixtures from now. Wouldn't it have been nice if a couple of the other players could have gone home with him to give him some extra support. Petersen and Prior would have made good travelling companions.

  • on November 25, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    I think what Andy Flower said at the end was absolutely correct. Cricket is a very competitive game but that's on the field. Off it players should not comment about fellow professionals. That was one of the many reasons why the great Aussie team of the last decade was so much disliked all over the world .

  • 2.14istherunrate on November 25, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    This is obviously very sad and shows once again the great pressure these guys are under. It is certainly no disgrace or any other form of weakness for Trotty to return home and I hope he gets the environment etc he needs. He has been pivotal to our efforts and so it is a bit of a surprise to know how hard he has had it. I hope he gets well soon and whatever the future holds I wish him well. He has been a truly magical player and character.

  • Sir_Ivor on November 25, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Trott should be commended for leaving because of a stress problem. I wish him a speedy recovery to full fitness following which he should do what Mohender Amarnath did upon his return to test cricket in a similar situation. Good luck to you Jonathan.

  • bobbo2 on November 25, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Hope Trott gets well soon. Wonderful player and probably the most reliable batsman in the world over the last 4 years. Could see he was not quite right as he usually looks so composed at the crease. The fact he has been battling this illness while playing so well for so long is a credit to him. Hope he comes back to his best.

  • on November 25, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    ban sledging altogether, it's not kool. it really is a form of verbal abuse. we don't tolerate it in society so why should it be allowed on the sports field.

  • izzidole on November 25, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    It's sad to see Trott leave. His failure with the bat in both innings must have also contributed to his departure from the team. His mode of dismissal both times was quite a shock as he has been a fighter and a very dependable bat for England for a long time. Hope this is not the end of his cricketing career and wish him a speedy recovery.

  • 64blip on November 25, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    When Trott recovers he will be able to look back on three Ashes wins, a series win in India and a world-class set of stats with pride. All the more impressive as he will probably have been fighting his illness for some time and it is his determination which has carried him this far. He's been a great player for England on and off the field. I wish him all the best.

  • on November 25, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Its a shame for Trotty but I think this break will make him come back even stronger!! The next question is who replaces him. For me I would move Root up the order and leave Bell at 5, we've experimented with Bell at 3 and it hasn't worked and Root has the potential to play there and his ability to face short pitch bowling will benefit England massively. At 6 i think England should consider call James Taylor or Ravi Bopara. Taylor toured with the Lions here last time and was their stand out batsmen and would prefer someone with test experience, Ravi would act as back up as Bairstow struggles with bounce and I think he gets 'bogged' down with lyon (whos playing well). and Ballance has not impressed when he has played.

  • on November 25, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Wish you a very speedy recovery trotty. Hope you come back stronger. Best wishes from your Indian Fan :)

  • on November 25, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Yardy also had similar issues and left the english team during the 2011 WC? What's happening with English cricketers off late? Too much pressure to perform?

  • postandrail on November 25, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    kiwicricketnut That's a pretty shabby thing to say regarding Australia. I am absolutely certain that no Australian player would attempt to capitalize on Trott's condition and to suggest otherwise is beneath contempt. Australian cricketers get their fair share of sledging as well and no team is lily white in that regard. We play it hard but look at the players punished by the ICC for misdemeanours over the last few decades and you'll see Australia is no more highly represented than any other Nation. Just being a Kiwi doesn't give you the natural right to slander Australians at will. All Australians will be wishing Trott well and hoping to see him back fit and well and ready to resume battle very soon!

  • on November 25, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Imagine this...you go to work each day trying to do your best. But, every mistake you made is magnified and criticised over and over again on TV and in newspapers etc. Imagine trying to work under those conditions? Imagine everything you do being torn to shreds by pundits who in many cases have half (and even less than half) the talent you possess. I hope Trott gets well soon. Cricket is not important in such times.

  • hurting_westindian on November 25, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    I feel sorry this has happen to such a good player, but at the same time I admire him and the English team more. This was a very mature, responsible decision made by persons who actually care for the game of cricket, their team and supporters. I am a West Indian who has been rooting for England even above my own team and I can only hope that the WI players and administrators see this and realize how professionals are suppose to behave.

  • on November 25, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Get well soon Trot ! Look to see you soon in no. 3 soon.. "one of the reasons we don't like commenting on opposition players is that we don't know what's going on in their dressing room and private lives." - Very well said by Andy Flower. Shame on David Warner for those comments. Lack of sportsmanship from him.

  • on November 25, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Ravi Bopara can be the best replacement for J.Trott

  • rajaram1105 on November 25, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Jonathan - a very good cricketer. We wish him all the best for a speedy recovery. Like most of the comments let us accept the fact these good people go through in terms of stress of expectations on them. It is good to accept the truth and get the right cure. We would like Jonathan to be back playing soon for England and do well and retire on a date & time he chooses. All the best.

  • on November 25, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Well as the article stated its not unprecedented. I can certainly remember at least one international player having a similar problem a number of years ago. I wish him well for his recovery.

  • heathrf1974 on November 25, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    That's a shame and a shock for Trott. I feel for him. I really hope the Aussies don't mention that under any circumstances in a negative way.

  • BellCurve on November 25, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    I find the general gist of this article and the comments below worrying. Until recently, sport was one of the few remaining areas in society where boys were allowed to be boys. But now they are expected to be role models and leaders. These expectations are too high. Many sportsmen could be described as young, foolish and full of testosterone. To judge them by the same standards as political and business leaders would be wrong. To burden them with our highest ideals would be unwise. It takes many years to develop into a well-balanced, mature and tolerant individual. Warner was right to describe Trott as "weak" because that plain and simple was the truth of the matter. He could not have known that Trott was ill because it was a private matter. He was right to assume Trott was in good health, because Trott was playing Test cricket. That many of the commentators in this instance hold Warner accountable for his choice of words is very worrying indeed.

  • aiksa on November 25, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Most unfortunately cricket is no more the game of gentlemen. The reason is that it is not s sport anymore. Its an industry. With so much money involved, the principles have taken a back seat. Now winning at any cost is more important than respecting the noble values of fair play. Now anything goes to win. What a shame.

  • rakkkkiii on November 25, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Cricket is not as important... Health comes first.. Its just a game... Hope u get back to where were u & evn if not u will still remain a vry gud player 4 eng.. Get well soon... best wishes N regarding Warner it was foolish by him to make such comments abt him... sure he may not have knwn abt his illness but dats exactly y u shud not comment abt anyone as u dont know wat one is goin thru in his life...

  • on November 25, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    its sad to see Trott go out this way....hope he gets better and comes back with a bang!

  • Rampant_Aussie on November 25, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    That's a shame for Trott, he's a fine player. It's a blow for England. Number three is a pivotal position and runs or not in recent times, Trott has more often than not glued the top and middle orders' for England. It's very important to have stable number three. You only have to look at the chopping and changing in the Australian batting order to see what a destablising effect it can have on the team. For Adelaide, I'd have Bell at three and Bairstow at six.

  • on November 25, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Brave decision! I can only wish him a speedy recovery and be back in the fold very soon. We sometimes forget these guys are human.

  • backwardpoint on November 25, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    God. A genuine shocker. He is one of the pillars England have depended on and he has been the bedrock of their batting for sometime now.

    I hope he gets OK soon and this message from my side isn't the last one on him. There is still some international cricket left in him, hopefully.

  • guptahitesh4u on November 25, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    That shows the mental toughness of the guy....any normal person would have feared of negative impression by accpeting the illnest at this stage..but Trott has donne the right thing by not hiding the illness....mentall illness is a disease and I am sure he will come again strong....ECB is doing the right thing by giving him all the support...wish him a speedy recovery

  • MaruthuDelft on November 25, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Trotty is a determined man. He played great to thrash Australia 3-1 last time Down Under. He will show what he is made of when Aussies come to England next.

  • on November 25, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Dont Be Sad Trotty. You Are Rocking Player Of England. Having Average Near 50 Is A Great Talent.

  • Yevghenny on November 25, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Also Warner had no idea and shouldnt be blamed. ==== This is why professionals do not talk so openly and with such hostility in public press conferences

  • bobbysimpson on November 25, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Respect to Trott - he's been a phenomenon for his career, averaging over 50 in both formats which only Hashim Amla had done.

    Trott also has as many test centuries (9) as the total of Warner (4) , Watson (3), Rogers (1), Smith (1) and Bailey (0).

  • Showbags88 on November 25, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    As an Australian, I would like to wish Jonathan Trott a speedy recovery. As much as I enjoyed us getting under his skin I hope it is not to the detriment of his overall mental health.

  • on November 25, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    Hope he will recover soon and get back on the field! A class act!

  • on November 25, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    I love when the two teams play cricket,however the main idea of a fast bowler coming at you at 150kps is to knock those pegs out of the ground or knock your head off. Most people would say great tactics but I will is wastful bowling. It will work sometimes but come next test England will have upper hand with short stuff. Jhonson will bowl them and they will be left alone England. Watch and see.!

  • TeamRocker on November 25, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    This is really sad, but if Trott is suffering from any kind of stress related illness, I think it's the right move. In my opinion, it's irrelevant whether the sledging from Warner and the English Press had anything to do with it: If this is what he feels is right for him and the team, then he should go ahead and do it. He's a class player, even if he's looked out of sorts recently, and a little break from the game as well as an opportunity to rethink his weakness against the short ball will do him no harm.

  • opto_pus on November 25, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    I think this means Trott test Career is finished England should bring in Ravi Bopora to get him in at number 4 and move KP to number 3 in the batting line up, as hes now played a 100 tests and can handle the Aussie pacemen in paricularly Johnson. The man whom replaces Trott should be considered his real replacement Trott is 32 and isn't going to get any better in 2 or 3 years if anything hes going to get worse. Maybe Trott only good at facing the Spin of Indian and Sri lankan wickets and nice easy slow paced bowling. Also don't see what the problem is with Micheal Clarke being fined for giving Anderson the hibbe-geebies Anderson loves giving it to touring batsmen in England if you give it should learn to cop it when its given back. The Aussies should persist with telling Anderson they are going to brake his arms and wrists by bowling fast and ferociously at him and shouldn't let up but make sure they bowl as quick to him as possible.

  • Front-Foot-Sponge on November 25, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    Get well soon Trott. I don't mean to be inflammatory at all by saying this but I might not be surprised if he is the only player under stress at the moment, not because of cricket, these guys are seasoned pros, but a couple of guys do seem out of sorts. Let's face it a few a struggling. We could have said the same if it happened to Mitch in previous times. I hope their employers do enough to look after all the players around the world. Is there a higher pressure job than an international sportsman. All the best to Trott.

  • on November 25, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    It's very brave of Trott to acknowledge he's a problem to address outside the cricket field, and by doing so, give his team the best possible chance to battle with eleven focused men. Hope he returns in time for the English summer.

  • TheBigBoodha on November 25, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    This is rather shocking. I can only wish him all the best. I am sure almost all Australians appreciate what a talented player he is. And we want to play and win against the best, of course. Well at least he'll get to spend Christmas with his family. Hope he recovers fully and we see him back in action soon.

  • milepost on November 25, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Well we predicted this and it is more expected than a surprise however, only a fool would rub this in. Sure it is part of our banter about cricket but this is a personal problem a human being has that is outside the game and I would hope every Aussie fan wishes him a speedy recovery and return to full health. Unlike the great Marcus Trescothic before him, a wonderful player lost to international cricket via similar circumstance, I hope he makes it back to the game. Get well soon Trott, all the best.

  • on November 25, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Good decision but eng will miss him, he is better then prior in batting.

  • Maroubra_Flyer on November 25, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Well said kiwicricketnut, I'd be very disappointed with the Australian Cricket side if they used this mental health issue against a player. However, all sides are just as capable of sledging. I don't think this is about the Australians, its much more serious than that, it's about Jonathan Trott. Many players have been subjected to it and survived, even laughed it off or it has fired them up. Jonathan hasn't been able to deal with it because of his illness, the illness isn't from sledging the illness was there first. It's a very serious health issue and I applaud him for having the courage to confront it and to seek help, many don't. Well done Jonathan, my esteem for you has certainly gone up. Get better and get back to what you do so well

  • it_happened_last_in_2001. on November 25, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    @bunsenburner, I echo your sentiments re the statement made by Flower. I have already read a quote today from his opposite number Mr Lehmann stating that Warner has the X factor and his own opinion and it is up to the ICC to discipline him if they want to. You'd think after his little triple M radio interview and the ensuing bad publicity he'd be a bit more circumspect. Whilst Australia hold a deserved 1-0 lead thus far, there seems to be an ever widening gulf in the class of the two teams off the field, never better displayed than by Flower's remarks in this article. If this is, as I suspect it will be, the end for Trott in test cricket I wish him well; and thank him for his contributions to 3 successive ashes series wins. As for Msrs Warner and Lehmann, I expect the team that conducts itself the best over the series will win.

  • Shaggy076 on November 25, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    This should be a no go zone for all Australian fans, nothing to ridicule here. All the best to Trott. Also Warner had no idea and shouldnt be blamed.

  • Sam_SRT_Fan on November 25, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    What a terrible blow! I can now see why Cook responded the way he did for Warner's comments. Otherwise, Warner's comments would have been taken just the same way Sehwag's 'see ball hit ball' comments are taken. I wish Trott a speedy recovery and I hope he'll come back a much stronger player and person in the near future.

  • Front_Fur_Plunge on November 25, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    @Rachit Sharma & the_blaster: Stress doesn't only impact English cricketers. There seems to be a greater stigma attached to stress related illness in some other countries. As a result, perhaps the ECB and English players are more willing than some others to publicly acknowledge leaving tours as a result of stress? Perhaps several players from the Subcontinent and other countries/regions have previously left tours as a result of stress but were stated to have left for other reasons such as 'injury'?

  • AbhiPahil on November 25, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    I wish Trott all the best and speedy recovery - But after reading this article ...I really feel for sachin tendulkar...who went through this or perhaps more pressure than trott is right now... for 24 years...hats off to legend!!!!

  • whensdrinks on November 25, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Sorry to hear anyone going through this. I hope a bit of time away from the game helps him to a speedy and complete recovery.

  • bobmartin on November 25, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    The good thing to come out of this is that he is now doing something about.. As I discovered more than 30 years ago.. it's in the make-up of people in stressful jobs to continue doing their job whilst suffering in silence.. The hardest part is admitting you have a problem. Once you do that, you've taken the first steps to recovery.. Well done John Trott and good luck on the road back.

  • JG2704 on November 25, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    @Rachit Sharma on (November 25, 2013, 8:55 GMT) Stress/depression affects people from all walks of life. Your theories are silly and totally lack understanding of the illness . Maybe it's only English players who admit to this as they know they will not be judged by small minded folk

    @SurlyCynic on (November 25, 2013, 9:04 GMT) Fair point there. I wonder though what the underlying cause (if there is a specific cause is)? If it is something non cricket related he possibly thought the best way to cope is to play the sport he loves in the hope to take his mind off things. Had he been showing good form this may have happened - who knows?

  • Sandt on November 25, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Trott cannot handle this pressure. Then Imagine what pressure must have taken by sachin Tendulkar being the lone warrior for India for a long time.This is why he is called legend.

  • Maroubra_Flyer on November 25, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Good luck Jonathon Trott! Now that we know the details, we can see that he was having trouble because he is a class player and his reaction to Johnson was completely out of character. Hope you're back playing again soon, as you were/are very pleasing to watch and a top class international cricketer. Yes us Aussies like to play it tough but this is greater than cricket. As for comments about Trott, the Barmy Army also gave it to Mitch Johnson when he had family issues. No-one means any harm, but I think when this stuff is revealed its time to move on and allow him to make a full recovery. Love to see you back Jonathon in 2017 (even though I'm an Aussie) you can beat this!!!

  • JG2704 on November 25, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Sad news for Trott and all the best to a seemingly humble and very popular team man.

    Things are starting to add up now. I kind of thought it strange at the time at Cook being so defensive re Warner's comms but you can see why now although I think Cook's comms would have only served make the Australians comment/sledge more. And the way he played in the 2nd inns was so un Trott like No issues with the Aus players/media - banter happens both ways and it's a mans sport.

    And best of luck to him in his recovery

  • YorkshirePudding on November 25, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    @bunsenburner, I suspect it will be Root at 3 and that would allow for Ballance or Bairstow to play at 6. Though Bell has played in that position before and has a double hundred, hes a possible option.

    we'll see what the thinking is in the next warm up.

    for those mentining Compton I doubt he'll get a lifeline handed to him.

  • C.Gull on November 25, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Best wishes to Trott for his recovery, but I don't appreciate Flower's thinly veiled accusations which seem to assume that Warner should have somehow been sensitive to Trott's mental health issues. Obviously no one outside the English camp had any idea, and Warner's comments were primarily concerned with how Trott got out, which was more or less as described.

  • AlfAlpha on November 25, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Very sorry to hear about this illness. I really do think they should have taken Compton as an extra opener and as cover for Trott, who I thought was going to have a hard time against pace. He's the ideal man to fill that role, but has the resentment between the England management and Compton got to the point where he can never return?

  • valvolux on November 25, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    God all warner did was say he could see scared eyes. Its obviously a bigger issue. Sledging about a guys weakness is nothing new and australia should keep it up because trott is one of many that clarke has pinned down with good plans. Trott obviously didnt play that well in the last 6 tests, but at times in england he looked awesome, but was uncharacteristically trying to dominate the bowlers rather than frustrate them with his ability to hit leg side gaps from an off side line. It was really strange hearing the pom commentators call for his head one test in. The media pressure is part and parcel and i guess its his first time in the spotlight. Spare a thought for Ponting and Hussey, who copped it their whole careers and eventually were hounded out of the game when they were still playing great cricket. A lot of the media garb is just paper selling stuff, surely they receive training in dealing with it. Englands big 4 in cook, trott, kp and bell is suddenly the big 3.

  • Stark62 on November 25, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    I remember a similar case with Trescothick and he was one the finest openers in his time but unfortunately, had to retire due to the illness.

    Let's hope, Trott doesn't head in the same direction because just like him, he is also revered as a top batsman in this era.

  • on November 25, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    It shows real strength for Trott first of all to make this decision for the sake of his team when it is obvious to all how much he values playing in the Ashes, and secondly to be so open about the reasons for his departure. There is so much stigma around mental illness that it is difficult for even a high achiever like a professional sportsperson to go public about it. Good on him and good luck.

  • on November 25, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Cricket could be a very stressful game and especially when a bowler like Johnson is at you all the time therefore its understandable that this has happened............

  • ubaidtrali on November 25, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Huge loss for england but none the less trott is doing right.he thought of the team when he should have stayed..all the best and get well soon.

  • on November 25, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Surely nick Compton flown over for Perth and root to 3 ballance too 6 and even give bairstow a crack at the gloves at 7 for prior in Adelaide

  • OneEyedAussie on November 25, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Haven't always liked the guy and the way he plays the game, but I can really feel for Trott. Wishing him a speedy recovery and I hope English Cricket give him all the support he needs.

  • tuffersmagic on November 25, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Get well soon trotty. Warner will feel worse than most about this, but that's why you shouldn't go shouting your mouth off in public. We'll see what happens in the rest of the series, cricket has a funny way of biting you on the backside. Looking forward, i wonder if bresnan will be fit for the next game. Tremlett did a solid job in the last game but i can't see him playing the next. If bres is fit then they'll probably play ballance at no 6. I'd like to see stokes play but wonder if it's a bit early for him. I think our attack looked a bit flat in the first game though and would like to see them back finn and tell him to just go out and bowl aggressively. For next test: Cook, Carbs, Bell, KP, Root, Ballance, Prior, Bresnan/Finn, Broad, Swann, Anderson

  • rickyvoncanterbury on November 25, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Without knowing maybe Warner actually opened Trotts eyes to the problem. I think, no I am sure, England would not have picked him otherwise.

  • whoster on November 25, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    This condition isn't a laughing matter, and everyone should wish Trott well. As for what Warner said about Trott in the press conference, it was pretty daft, but I think Andy Flower should leave it up to the viewers and ICC to make their own judgement. The last thing we want is for the off-field stuff to take away from the cricket. Having said that, players and coaches need to be aware of their responsibilities. The series in England got pretty nasty at times, and this one looks as if it could go the same way. It should be said also that the noises from the Aussie camp have been pretty distasteful at times. Darren Lehmann is a good bloke, but he's whipped-up a lot of anti-Englishness with that stupid radio interview he did during the last series. Also, his criticism of England's 'boring' style of play was pretty disrespectful, and he didn't give credit where it was due.

    The Aussies played great cricket at Brisbane, so they should concentrate on trying to continue that.

  • susie2112 on November 25, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Mental health issues are very serious. I'm hoping David Warner's comment was an innocent remark and not aimed at Jonathan Trott's illness. Calling someone "weak" at best is ignorant, at worst is malicious. I believe Jonathan Trott is extremely courageous for bringing his illness in to the public light. I wish him well and hope we see him playing international cricket again at the time when he is ready.

  • oocares on November 25, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Very sorry About Trotty. BUT the English administration should go back too. they knew about this well before the test and still selected him and sent him in at #3. its not fair on him or the team.

  • wrenx on November 25, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Why is Flower always telling everyone what's right and what's wrong? And funnily enough, wherever he draws the line, England never seem to be on the wrong side of it

  • himanshu.team on November 25, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Trott is a great player, especially in test cricket. So it must be really bothering him a lot to make him take this sabbatical. However, I fail to understand why does stress affect the Englishmen so much? If cricketers anywhere face some severe stress, it is in India. Supporters, BCCI, Coaches, teammates, friends family et. all have so much expectations, politics criticism etc. that anyone could go mad. Not to mention media, sponsors, the opposition, and at times even bookies! But I have not seen any Indian player complain of stress. Wonder if it is a cultural issue

  • on November 25, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Depression is caused due to many reasons, therefore people should keep the mouth shut in public, to give some private space for him. Cricket is not fun anymore is tough with arrogance and money. Thus putting the game and player at high risk of pressure to perform or perish attitude. Take care and get well. It is a game.

  • Biso on November 25, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    The problem with sledging is that , left unchecked, it can get personal and there is no upper limit to where it can go. Sportsmen should show some respect for each other and desist from such ugly antics. And for heavens sake do not say Ashes is like war. That will be highly disrespectful of those brave men and women who get into the line of fire to ensure that we have a better and safer tomorrow.

  • sujan1077 on November 25, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Really a class player and thoug i am a Ausses supporter i would like to see him in the field, cricket will be better with him in peak..Get well soon Mr Trott!!

  • balajik1968 on November 25, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Sad to see someone go like this. In the last decade or so we have seen 3 English players publicly break down on the international arena. This makes me wonder how many cases go unreported, or worse undiagnosed.

  • LillianThomson on November 25, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    As a psychiatrist, I have to say that it is completely unfair for anyone to blame David Warner for this.

    Anyone in my profession who has watched Trott's tortuous rituals at the crease between deliveries knows that he is rather like Neil McKenzie, a man constantly grappling to master his own anxiety, and not necessarily in the form of a "mental illness".

    And that is precisely why dominant teams bully and sledge and bowl aggressive lines and lengths. It is all about trying to obtain a psychological advantage, to "mentally disintegrate" the opposition.

    I find it rather sad when people pathologise this, because elite sport has always been based upon this.

    And I am saddened that England keep publicising their players' struggles, as some sort of new-age gesture of sensitivity. Because every dressing room has players who grapple with fear, but most teams try to help them to master it and keep private demons private.

    I cannot imagine Darren Lehmann exposing a player of his like this.

  • kris_mg on November 25, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Mental and emotional health is as important as the physical one or at some level more important. So anyone who is crying words like weak or running away from battle is talking without understanding the depth of the issue. I am sure that Warner would not have uttered his words if he knew what Trot was facing and Trott did the right thing by taking a break to work on the issue. As it has been shown, Flower and team were already aware of the issue and were working on it, maybe they underestimated the kind of pressure Aussies were gonna put on him in Gabba. Trotty was not feeling at his best in the series in England either and it really seemed a mental block than anything else even then. Hopefully we see more of him again and soon.. a proper test bat, that's what he is..

  • Dangertroy on November 25, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Very sad news indeed, I wish Trott the best of luck as he recuperates. As an Aussie supporter, I wanted him to have a miserable time on the field, not off the field.

  • StaalBurgher on November 25, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    How is that England keeps on breaking players mental state?

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on November 25, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Coming to Trott, I am no psychology exp.,but recon such issues are serious at this level of sport and it's hard to see him back,and at his age.

  • bunsenburner on November 25, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    I bet the English cricketers didn't sledge Slater when we has going through his troubles actually. I'm sure if the Aussies knew about Trott's illness then they wouldn't sledge him about it either. I'm sure that being under the spotlight after his batting struggles in the test has added to his problems but it is ignorant to say that he is going home because of purely cricketing reasons.

  • Biso on November 25, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    The team management was already aware of his condition and should have advised him rest and recuperation instead of taking him on tour where the stresses of an Ashes tour was likely to be more damaging to him. Let us not forget Trescothik was never the same again after he had owned up and asked for much needed rest and time away from cricket. Perhaps he was a bit too late .It is , however, naive to expect Trott to swallow his pride and raise his hands stating that he is not in a fit state of mind, just before the ashes. It might have been an error of judgement on his part, but, that is a mere mistake . As for the team management they have committed an unpardonable blunder.

  • ScottStevo on November 25, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    A big blow for Eng and a huge blow for the series as Trott's battles with the Aus pace battery were something I was looking forward to - watching a top class batsman against pacey bowling is always amazing, especially when a guy with a record like his is fighting his way through. Also, hoped that Eng posted a full strength side in every game so that if Aus could win, there'd be no excuses. Hope he can get the support he needs as he's a very good player and seems a good bloke too. Also, to those moaning at Warner, he didn't really say much more than the commentators did, as the way Trott got out in that last innings was poor. Also, he didn't specify which players had fear in their eyes, he said they all did. I'd be surprised if that sort of nothing-y trash talk would have much impact on a professional team, as England certainly are.

  • on November 25, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    The fact that Trott has bravely come out in the open and spoken about his mental illness is to be lauded. He is only bound to come back stronger and better.Fight this one out Trotty, for you are known to be a born fighter.

  • paulkate72 on November 25, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Jonathan Trott has struggled both in the Ashes series in England earlier this year and the present in Australia. It's probably better he does quit this Ashes tour.

    I agree with Andy Flower re his comments about David Warner's remarks. Warner is a fine batsman and will be a real thorn in the side for England this Ashes series. It's a pity he doesn't show proper respect for his fellow cricket professionals as Flower indicated. Aggression on the field is needed by professional sportsmen; the same attitude off-field is low class no matter who expresses it.

  • on November 25, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    What's all this rubbish about mental illness. The poor guy's stressed because there's lots of pressure at this level.It's something all people cope with at times but to describe him as having a mental illness is more than likely way off the mark. The bloke can bat and will return stronger no doubt after a rest from the game.

  • Captainman on November 25, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    That's what happens when you play non-stop Cricket. The scheduling is simply pathetic. Since 09 Trott has played already over 50 test matches so you can see why. Wish him well.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on November 25, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    Like Trott with Mitch ,it 's been some come back from the man who had been 'down' mentally not long back with similar stress issues that seriously risked Aus and world cricket from a chance of losing out a 1 in a gen. talent just when budding . Credit to all those who have worked him back to his mental - and tech.l and physical as well - shape and get him back as the star force he can be in cricket . Also,he himself ignoring all that criticism from fans,media - He's put all behind to come back as true champ he is and as 1 of the best things about the great game -let his ball do the talking. Coming to Trott, I am no psychology exp.,but recon such issues are serious at this level of sport and it's hard to see him back,and at his age. Pls pub .

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Seems comments that support Trott and England have been published :p:p:P:p

  • jackiethepen on November 25, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    It has always been obvious that Trott has a syndrome which produced his excessive marking of his crease and at the same time allowed him to retreat into a bubble. He has been managed superbly well and has managed himself superbly well despite all the incredible stresses of Test cricket and hostile environment of the cricket media. However he showed signs of that bubble shattering in South Africa on Tour and after a quiet period came back from it even more strongly to play very well for England. But a wise decision has been made. Stress is one thing and can be managed. A breakdown has to be avoided at all costs. It is absolutely the right thing to do. There is no reason why Trott can't recover. Personally I would have moved him down the order in a preemptive decision after the summer. Just like the management took Root out of the firing line. Players need to be assessed and there is no reason why players can't be moved when required. Other nations do it without fuss. Get well Trotty.

  • LionsofLanka on November 25, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    The best way to maintain SR, Average & personal records to keep up self interest on top is seen quite often since ages & ASHES Greats like Dennis Lillie were expert of such tactics. It was amazing to see Dennis injured with particular conditions & recovered quickly when favourable conditions were available. I hope Cook, KP & bell should follow Trott so that their records will be safe as I can't see any better hopes for them in down under.

  • KeithMillersHair on November 25, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Best of luck to him! And agree with others that leaving the tour is a brave decision. Anxiety and stress related illnesses are serious issues which many face without even realizing themselves what the problem is. Since Trescothwick's incredibly mature way of dealing with this, thankfully the cricket world is getting better. It is interesting that Mitchell Johnson has spoken about getting professional help to deal with his own problems, and has since come back strong. Also interesting to note that both Mitchell Johnson and David Warner are sporting mustaches for Movember, a charity which supports male mental illness. I'm sure both Dave and Mitch will in contact with Trotty at some point soon to wish him well.

  • Whatsgoinoffoutthere on November 25, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    @Ijlal Hussain:

    Or are they lucky to be working in an environment that's willing to recognise it, listen, discuss it openly and try to provide the same support as they would for a physical problem?

    There's a few very telling sentences in Marcus Trescothick's autobiography about this, when he describes one of the specialists caring for him explaining the issue to Duncan Fletcher, the result of which can only lead to the conclusion that the problem is as endemic in sport as in life.

    The coaching staff that best support the mind as well as the body will ultimately produce the better team. You can think of it as an English problem if you like, but I think that this is evidence of an area where their support staff are well ahead of the pack.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    It happens to many people in many walks of life. Hope he goes home, puts his feet up, clears his mind and fully recovers.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Best decision taken by Trott.Apart from physical its mental strength that enables a batsman to give his hundred percent.Get well soon Trott.You have to prove my words to be right somewhere in your career.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Very right decision by Trott. As once written by Dileep Premachandran,"it doesn't make you weak, it makes you a human." If he feels he is not at the best, he can't compete at this level. We all hope, England's best no 3 after David Gower, comes back stronger, better and resumes the battle. He will win many ashes in future.

  • WakeyLee on November 25, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    The ignorance in the post from Chir is staggering, the stress related illnesses that these English players have experienced relate to being away from their wives and children for lengthy periods, whilst this is the life for most international teams it is at its most extreme for the English players who as the only northern hemisphere team tend play all year round. Whilst the Indian players have their own unique pressures, most of India's cricket is played at home or short ODI away tours, ask yourself how many away test matches and test match tours India have been on in the last 22 months, the answer is NONE, over the same period England have toured 5 different countries.... Get well soon Jonathan

  • Spinoza on November 25, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    This problem seems to be confined to England. Trescothick also suffered similarly. I think this has to do with the English weather - lack of sunshine. People from overcast countrioes like England and NZ seems to be more prone than others.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    From an Aussie perspective, all the best to Jonathan Trott at this time. The demands of Test cricket are unrelenting and will claim a few victims, and already have. Acknowledgement of the problem will be the first vital step to recovery, and it would seem he has a good support network in place. Time away from the game will hopefully restore the perspective, that ultimately, cricket is only a game.

  • stormy16 on November 25, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    With all respect to Trott and wishes for a speedy recovery I don't get this! Why on earth did he wait till the first test? If he had stress related issues and from what I can gather, for a while now, he should never have come on tour. All this does is add instability to the team and now after a drubbing, things just got a lot worse. I also don't understand how Eng with the best of everything money can buy, can be in this situation. It should have been avoided or dealt with before the tour NOT after getting hammered in the first test.

    Bell must move up, he has the technique and experience. It's easy to throw Root to #3 but he looked dodgy at the Gabba (first innings) and deserves to get some experience down the order.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Hope Trott gets better soon, surely Nick Compton should be called up as a replacement?

  • Lakshmana on November 25, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    I agree with everyone that mental illness is no laughing matter and wish Trott a speedy recovery. However, cricket is as much a mental endurance game as a game of physical skill and rather than blame the sledging from the aussies, the England back-room staff and the rigours of international cricket, just leave it be. He is a fine player but for whatever reason, needs a break. Would this happen to a Tendulkar, a Dravid, a Warne or a Steve Waugh? These are players who have played far more international cricket, have experienced bigger highs and bigger lows, more significantly under media scrutiny and yet performed for 15+ years! That is what makes a great cricketer, both mental endurance and physical skill...

  • GTong on November 25, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    I think that commenting on this without knowing the full picture is foolish. I would imagine that there is a much bigger background story to Trott's condition that we are aware of. It seems that he has managed it effectively up until recently. Hope he gets time and support to recover and can come come back stronger.

  • bunsenburner on November 25, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Good comments from Flower about why they don't comment on opposition players. Get well soon Trotty.

  • TheDoctor394 on November 25, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    All the best, Jonathan. Get yourself better.

  • Gurudumu on November 25, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    I wish Trott all the best - he's a class cricketer and hope he recovers soon.

  • nickduck on November 25, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Dont know what Geoff Boycott will make of this. Thank goodness our current crop of batsmen don't have to face the West Indies of the 70's and 80's with 5 fast 90mph fast bowlers in the team. They'd all be off home with 'stress related illnesses'.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Wow. Worrying for Australia. After all, we're the ones with the mentally fragile side.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    Boy what a load of Ignoramuses comments here. If you don't know of or have never experienced Mental related illnesses, you should just keep your ill informed opinions to yourselves. By the way this is not about India or the subcontinent. It is about a player having to face face his own issues in a series that has nothing to do with Indians or the rest of the subcontinent. I for one as a fan of cricket and someone who has played a lot of sports, has certainly not been in a position to be on the receiving end of the kind of scrutiny Trott or any of these players have faced. I am happy for Trott that he has recognized the issue and has taken the decision that is not only better for him, but also for his team, even though it may affect his financial well being. Let's not forget that these people's livelihood is on the line here. Its easy for all of us to sit on our "high horses" and be armchair critics as our opinions do not affect our livelihood in any way.

  • ajetti on November 25, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    This news has left me flabbergasted! If Trott had been struggling with a "stress-related illness", why pray did he commence the tour?

  • bunsenburner on November 25, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Root or Bell at 3? Personally I would go with Root after the fact that he looked pretty solid in the 2nd innings.

  • YorkshirePudding on November 25, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    @Rachit Sharma, Stress isnt predominately an English problem, however I suspect they are the only ones willing to openly talk about it, but I seem to remember that Kiwi's, and Australians have been talked about suffering from the condition.

    IIRC Haydens Bio specifically mentions that Mark Taylor suffered from a similar condition, and there will be others but it gets swept under the carpet by dropping the player due to bad form as Stress/Depression is not culturally accepted in some countries, especially amongst the 'macho' sports professionals.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Sad . Mental illness is an illness just like diabetes or hyper tension and is nothing to be laughed at. I spend a lot of time talking to people who are mentally disturbed as a counsellor. I feel sorry for him and have nothing but the highest regard for him as a player and as a human being. Get well soon Trotty. Ramanujam sridhar

  • Stumay on November 25, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    It's a brave decision and I wish him all the very best. Take time to get back to where you want to be. Cricket will wait.

  • Bluedylan on November 25, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    An international study revealed that a person is 60 times more likely to have mental health issues in the US than in China, so perhaps there is a cultural difference at play here, and some people can be forgiven for their judgemental attitudes. Please be assured, I don't intend this to be condescending in any way, but it is quite revealing. There could be any number of factors in more affluent countries, speaking in very general terms (better health services to diagnose such issues, perhaps people in more affluent societies are genuinely 'unhappier' (as absurd as that sounds), a greater focus on the individual and a lack of community/society, the decline of religion/spirituality, people in less affluent societies have much less exposure to these issues) etc etc.

  • Thegimp on November 25, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Come on, Warner would not have known about this and I bet would be the first to offer support. That's being Australian, give no quarter when in the heat but be the first to have a beer and a chat afterwards.

    So cricketers shouldn't say anything just in case someone has a mental illness? Do you reckon the English didn't sledge Michael Slater when he was going through it?

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    @ kiwicricketnut I doubt very much that Warner was aware of the situation with Trott when he made his remarks. We've seen for decades the picking out of players form all sides in the media for comment the "psychological warfare" if you like. The English team only got upset in this case because of the underlying issues with Trott. As for the "over the top verbal attacks" on the field the English give as good as they get so you have to cop it on the chin. And as Cook said it's part of the game. Well done to Trott for putting his mental well being first it is courageous to put it out in the open like this and more power to him.

  • Nutcutlet on November 25, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    @ genuineIndianFan on (November 25, 2013, 8:51 GMT). That's very well said. It is far better for those who have no understanding (or any wish to gain that understanding) over the personal issue involved here to remain silent & just accept that it is a facet of psychology that is obviously a closed book to them. Andy Flower has made it clear that Jonathan Trott's condition pre-dates this Test match, so anyone who thinks that it is directly or wholly related to his performance at the Gabba couldn't be more wrong. Not every cricket casualty necessarily relates to cricket, as CLR James' famous dictum should always remind us. Every last follower of cricket & every player everywhere should have one simple heartfelt message: Get well, Jonathan.

  • crockit on November 25, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    As I understand it Trescothick was/is an issue with depression whereas Trott's is being described differently as stress related. In any wlak of life people have these problems - crciket is perhaps just tougher because for all the plus sides their is less private life in the spotlight and also a bit of a treadmill aside from the cricket of environments like airports, buses, hotels, media and sponosr events etc,

  • rammstein on November 25, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    In spite of how much i enjoy verbal duel on and off d field, Warner comments were harsh to say the least. I think its quite mature of trott, not letting his instincts to fight back come before team welfare. It will be a test of character for trott to make a comeback, hopefully he will return with his trademark "daddy" hundred.....

  • Siva_Bala75 on November 25, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    This is bad n sad; Trott is a good player. This is where IPL helps many players. Enjoy your cricket- hardly any stress- but you get good money. Every one can enjoy their cricket!

  • Dave1970 on November 25, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Good to see that Trott has the support of his team and management. And good to see Trott take the hard step in getting away from it all in order to get better. Good luck Mr Trott and get well soon so we see you back fighting the Ashes.

    As far as sledging goes, where it personally attacks a player that is not on by any player, commentator or media personality. Warner's fear comments regarding Trott lacked maturity and were needless in such a thumping - silence would have been far gracious and more resounding.

    However, in fairness to Warner, those comments were not attacking Trott's illness and inability to overcome such. If Warner knew that, I would be hopeful that Warner would not have gone there.

  • Stevros3 on November 25, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    1st off. Best wishes to Trott, stress related illness is a very debilitating thing you wouldn't expect a player to continue with a broken arm, just because it isn't a physical injury doesn't make it any easier. That said the Aussie's should NOT be critisised for their sledging, one I don't think they went over the line, two they would not have been aware of the issue and finally you don't blame the bowler for inguring a batsmen if he breaks a guys arm even when bowling at the batsman.

    2nd who I'd replace him with: Bell to No. 3, Root to No. 5 & Ballance to No. 6 (Bairstow has historic problems with the short ball and it's not the senario to see if he's improved and Stokes is a Batting alrounder not an out an out batsman and we need an out and out batsman)

    3rd Squad replacement. Davis/Taylor I'd go with Davis, tbh I was worried with the initial sqaud pick that Bairstow was the only reserve keeper, even more so with Prior's injury and with any lingering doubts we need Davis.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    It would be mostly a personal stress and I hope he recovers fast and well and comes back 100%. Best wishes to Jonathan Trott from India. Please do not forget he is a class player who has established himself on the international arena with a lot of excellent batting performances. I am a big fan of his technique.

  • baskar_guha on November 25, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Shocking development. Best wishes to Jonathan Trott for a speedy recovery from his illness.

  • the_blaster on November 25, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    While I sympathize with Trott's situation - hopefully his career is not done - why is it that it seems to be only English players that quit tours due to stress? Are they under more stress than players from other countries, or is it that they need to be supported and managed better?

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    It is uncouth (I was about to use the phrase 'cruel'); to let alone sledge; even to make insensitive comments at any human being down with illnesses of the sort suffered by Trescothick, Yardy, and now Trott. With prayers for Trott's speedy recovery.

  • bunsenburner on November 25, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Some exceptionally ignorant comments here. The guy has played 49 tests and has an average of over 45 so I don't think you can say he is weak. If he was weak he wouldn't have made it to the highest level of cricket and not only that succeeded at the highest level. Who knows there may be have been lots of Indian cricketers who didn't make it the highest level (despite their talent because they couldn't cope with playing in front of more than 1 man and a dog. Has that got anything to do with a mental illness though? No of course not. The burden and pressure of have a billion cricket fans in India has absolutely nothing to do with what Jonathan Trott is going through.

  • Sachit1979 on November 25, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Another big blow for England after embarrassing defeat in first test. I think Gary Ballance should grab that spot in playing 11 and James Taylor should be his replacement flying to Australia to join the squad. But now it becomes interesting to watch next number 3 in playing 11. Will it be Bell, Root or one coming in as Trott's replacement?

  • Chir on November 25, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Not a good news...hope Trott gets well soon..... but.... what matters more is timing of this news to come out.... after the loss of first test by big margin.........spare a thought for the rest of the English players after hearing the news about their No 3 batsman...

  • Eight8 on November 25, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    As an Australian, I must admit it has been a sigh of relief not to have Trott in the same sort of form over the past 2 series as he was in back on the 2010/11 tour down under where he was sublime, but I wish him all the best in getting himself healthy again.

  • BigFella67 on November 25, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Get well soon Trotty, you have a lot of people in Australia who respect you and wish you a speedy recovery.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    I just dont understand why english players had been the victims of stress related illness. English cricket team is sprouted with the world,s best coaching staff covering both the mental and physical aspects of game but still the outcomes are so dissatisfying. Perhaps that,s why i regard indian and pakistani cricketers as the supreme fighters enduring the burden of innumerable stress but still playing for the nation,s pride. Proud to be part of the subcontinent :-)

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Cricket was NEVER meant to be like this!!

  • mikeindex on November 25, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    I don't suppose for a moment this will get published as my comments hardly ever do (presumably failing some basic literacy threshold), but some of the comments here show that certain people's understanding of depression is on a level with their understanding of cricket and common humanity. The really unbelievable part of the business is that, with a ready-made like-for-like replacement who should never have been dropped in the first place, the England management are sticking with the depleted tour paryt.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Hope for a speedy recovery Jonathan trott. Hope you come back stronger than ever :)

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    England next game. 1. Cook 2. Carberry/Compton 3. Root 4. KP 5. Bell 6. Ballance 7. Butler/Bairstow 8.Broad 9. Swann 10. Finn/Panesar 11. Anderson. Compton should probably be playing instead of carberry, but I sense conflict there. Prior could/should be replaced by Bairstow, although, despite his inferior Red Ball record, I'd prefer Butler in my team. Finn if the pitch looks green, Panesar if the pitch looks flat and draw-worthy.

    Australia should do this. 1. Warner 2. Hughes 3. Watson/Silk/North/White 4. Clarke 5. Smith/White 6. Bailey/White 7. Haddin/Nevill 8. Johnson 9. O'Keefe/Harris 10. Siddle 11. Lyon

    Hughes should replace Rogers if Watson is kept at 3, if Silk/North/New-guy comes in at 3(or 4 if clarke moves up), keep Rogers as he has crease-stay value. Watson should be dropped for a pure batsman, as Lyon has matured. White could be replacement for Smith, sure Smith is good, but jittery. O'keefe if pitch is dead/flat, Harris if Green. Nevill looks next in line after haddin!

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    I am absolutely disgusted by some of the vile, ignorant posts on here. Stress isn't just feeling down or "running away" - it's a lot more serious if not treated. I for one wish Trott all the best and hope he fully recovers.

  • atpoint on November 25, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    A sensible decision has been made to protect Jonathan Trott and help him recover his mental health. A courageous decision by this classy England player but one can only wonder why - with so many back room staff- that it was allowed to reach this dangerous stage. Perhaps he should not have come on tour - but we'll never know what was going on behind the scenes. A speedy recovery to a talented cricketer and good man.

  • ChristopherG on November 25, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    The England set-up nowadays has so many hangers-on employed to cover every aspect of the test series, seemingly so many restrictions and controls over what players are able to do and a wide array of sports psychologists and other such head-scramblers that it's no wonder that a number of cricketers develop stress-related problems.

    If you've constantly got someone analysing you, telling you what your mental strengths and weaknesses are and trying to manipulate the way you think, it's not surprising that some of the patients cannot cope.

    England back-room staff - you should take a long, hard look at how you have contributed to the real-life well-being of Jonathan Trott and the numerous other England cricketers who have been unable to cope with the mind-changing treatments you have sand-blasted them with.

  • u_guys_are_history on November 25, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    "...I think we set different standards to that, and one of the reasons we don't like commenting on opposition players is that we don't know what's going on in their dressing room and private lives."

    In that case, such a team should not indulge in on field sledging as well. How is abusing a player on the field indifferent to personal problems better than commenting in the media?

  • YorkshirePudding on November 25, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Having suffered from stress in the past it can be very debilitating, ultimately ending in depression, we've seen a number of cricketers over the years suffer from this type of illness, such that they have been unable to continue thier international careers.

    It should also be noted that this type of illness tends to be a gradual thing and creeps up on you, and can take years to come to the fore, and an ashes series is one of the most mentally draining series england play in due to its historic significance the pressure created by media Media on both sides of the world.

    As fans we should be understanding of this type of illness and wish any player who suffers form this type of condition all the best, rather than taking potshots at them for being 'weak willed' etc.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 25, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Deeply sorry to hear this. Hope he has a complete recovery with the best professional help and priceless family love. I hope this is not the end of an excellent career. I hope all these sledgings haven't scarred Trott deeply at a time when he is vulnerable.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Looks like Warner was right.

  • annys on November 25, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Trott is a class act no doubt about it, i think he has shown lot of courage to take this decision and i wish him a speedy recovery.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    I'm sure Warner would not have made such comments if he knew Trott was somewhat "not well." It is interesting that Warner did pick up the fact that Trott was "not strong," but unfortunately he made such an observation publicly.

  • AvidFanDownUnder on November 25, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    As an Australian supporter I can't stand Trott as a player - he is a very annoying cricketer especially when settled as it is almost impossible for him to be dismisssed. This however is a serious issue and I hope for his and his family's sake he makes a full recovery. The game will be poorer without his presence and England would also like him to be there. Great to see England have again acted in the best interests of their players and sent him home to recover. Junran Cao said "Trott's decision to stop...is an act of courage" - you can add the same to England - to make this decision to allow one of their better batsmen to go home after such a big loss shows a great level of care and support to their player and should be highly commended. Everyone including myself will be very happy when Trott is annoying me from the middle of the ground again.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    As someone who has had stress related illnesses, I can sympathise with Trott totally and wish him well. Although I would question why he was picked for such a high pressure series if this was known.

  • yuvi_gladiator on November 25, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    he is a very good player and i was looking forward to the battle in Adelaide. But i hope he recovers soon. tough world this!

  • Bonehead_maz on November 25, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    I hope this is not the end of Trott's career. He's a VERY talented player.

  • ste13 on November 25, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    I wish him all the best. He is a homan being in the first place. But pls do not build the stereotypes "bad Aussies" and "poor Poms".

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    Its like Trescothick's flashback....all the way.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    A chorionic issue with English cricketers

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    Warner should at least say sorry to Trott in public .

  • 9ST9 on November 25, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    it's always sad - this is not like a sprain a broken nose or a hamstring injury. A hidden dangerous injury that should not be made fun of. But I think i have to agree with nuxxy, I think either the England set up is too rigid and formal, or England players have a lack of 'mental toughness'. Imagine playing for a team like India, the expectations and the criticism, and they play the most number of matches as well. But somehow players like Tendulkar handled this for decades!

  • Chir on November 25, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    This is shocking and very wrong decision....but this shows what current English players and management are made of. As soon as players weaknesses are exposed...players packs his bags and leaves the tour. Now I respect sub-continent players ever more, especially Indian players ad they live their lives under intense media scrutiny on and off the field. Lots of Indian player got criticised when they come to England, likes of Raina, Yuvraj faces barrage of short stuff and bouncers but atleast they have guts to come back next day and face the chin music. Respect.... to all sub-continent players. One question, why only English players has this stress related issues.....Thresothick, Trottt...never heard one sub-continent player ever left the tour because of stress??????

  • cdhu on November 25, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    i sincierly hope u recover fully and play for england asap..

  • Niblick on November 25, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Well Good Luck to Trott...I hope he can recover and return to Cricket...

    For all the people commenting on how 'Stressful' professional Cricket is and therefore it's no surprise this has happened to yet another English Cricket...what about the Indian Cricketers?

    Sachin Tendulkar bore the burden for 24 years with no 'stress related' breakdowns...The only World Class player in a crap team for much of his career with the expectations of a Billion people.

    The Laxmans, Dravids and Ganguly's never broke down...they were treated like demi goods when the team won and had their houses stoned when they failed but they never broke down.

    The Burden on Dhoni must be enormous...Captain in all three formats. Wicketkeeper, front line batsman - no breakdown.

  • shroadz on November 25, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    An astonishing level of ignorance and contempt shown by some of the comments here, referring to Trott as frail, feeble-minded etc. All we know is that he suffers a stress-related illness - we don't know what factors in his personal or professional life led to it. Give the guy a break. Good luck Trotty for a speedy recovery.

  • Freak7820 on November 25, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Good decision by player and the ECB. Give Trott a rest from the game.

    As for his replacement, hoping to see Ballance get the chance in the middle order.

    Cook, Carberry, Root, Bell, KP, Ballance, Prior and the bowling unit.

  • SurlyCynic on November 25, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    So should he have been on the tour in the first place then, if he has been 'struggling'? They should send for Compton. They desperately need someone with solid technique up the order, and Compton grew up on hard bouncy pitches in SA. They only have reserve middle order batsmen like Bairstow and Ballance in the squad which is clearly not what the team needs.

  • Kingman75 on November 25, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    For all the darling angels out there, stress does not equal mental illness.

  • o-bomb on November 25, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    This is disappointing news. He was clearly struggling in the 1st test and I wish him all the best.

  • JayCee on November 25, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    While i sympathise with Trott and wish him a speedy recovery, I wonder why he was selected for a high pressure tour when he was not 100% fit. This has unnecessarily exposed his condition to public conjecture. I can see a new topic Australian sledging.

  • cricktarian on November 25, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    For God's sake it's just a game. What's the big deal? This is what happens when give npreference to playing cricket over your life. There should be a balance between them.

  • RednWhiteArmy on November 25, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Hope he cant sort things out. Just shows it can happen to anyone.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on November 25, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    "But he needs time away from this environment for a while, time with his family, time to reassess and spend some quiet time with his family. This isn't the type of environment for that type of rest and recuperation that he requires."

    Clearly, there's been a trigger in the first Test, that has brought about the collapse, if the condition existed even before this Ashes tour... OR maybe there's something bothering him so intensely that he clearly feels that it's affecting his performance that he has to step down inorder to sort it out. I think it could be the latter, so let's give him the time he seeks.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    ok this is very weird, they should've kept the reasons for him returning to England secret, there is almost no chance he will play again. If he was suffering anxiety and stress, which is common in such an intense environment, look at the reasons Hussey retired, "the butterflies and sick feeling in the stomach", thats the same for even club and park cricketers, imagine at international level, it can be difficult, regardless, Trott should've asked the selectors if they can drop him, or said he is simply unavailable for selection. It's very strange situation, at the beginning of the Ashes in England, he looked good, strutting around, scoring a 50, very good form... not sure what's happened.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    i wonder why "stress" is such a predominantly english illness. rarely have we seen other players suffer from this. is this the result of the general softness in life for a developed, rich economy? why else wud a sportsman, who gets paid millions to jst play, get so stressed out, while there are ppl doing so much more work n going thru so much more stress for way way less. is that also why we hvnt really heard of this from the subcontinent or from the west indies...we have plenty of real life stresses to deal with, so the cricketers know how lucky they are to be where they are. if a normal office worker is expected to deal with all pressures of deadlines, targets, etc and also manage the work life balance, without effecting their output, and getting paid peanuts, then why cnt we expect the uber rich sportsmen, who are out representing our country to be more mentally strong about these things

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    I saw trotty up close at the tour match at the SCG almost 2 weeks ago he looked fine waved at us when he fielded well and responded with a cheery thumbs up when one of the English lads yelled out they would he was backed as England's top run scorer. It reminds us of Marcus T and his battles. JT always looked strong and batted up a aplomb with quite a fast scoring rate if was full and on the stumps. So who will bat at 3?? Joe root>??

  • Raghava15 on November 25, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Good decision from trott...bt who is named as replacement for trott...?? Morgan might get a chance...bt looks like gary ballance would make his debut if bairstow is not in playing11..!!

  • Hareendra on November 25, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Really sad time for all true Cricket lovers. This is not an easy matter to deal with. I just hope he gets better and takes his place in the team ASAP.

  • 158notout on November 25, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Also, I am not sure if it is the best choice of photo for this article - Trott chomping on his bat.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    well with the way the Aussies were working him out it may be a blessing in disguise. But fell sorry for him because i know how it feels. Bell at number 3...prior at 6 and Stokes at number 7. extra bowling option plus something fresh.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    I wish Trott recovers fast and dons the English colors again probably after a year or so. Cricket is not on top of his list and surely he needs time away from the field.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    He will come back for the India series ..We will give him Ishant sharma, Vinay Kumar

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    Trott's decision to stop his tour amidst all the calamity is an act of courage.

  • 158notout on November 25, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Hi, as an England fan I just want to say it is good to read that *most* fans on here, including a lot of Aussies, are aware that this is no laughing matter nor any direct relation to Trotts inability to handle MJ but a deeper health issue. I wish Trott all the best and good luck whether we see him in an England shirt again or not.

    Those who have not quite grasped this, better to not post than to post something inappropriate.

    Vikas - I agree that the reaction would have been different had this been an Indian batsmen but I disagree that the yardstick for players is different, I think it stems from a different expectation from the media and fans.

  • genuineIndianFan on November 25, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Some pretty poor comments seen here. This could well be more serious than, what some people say, walking away from responsibilities. Many many factors contribute to such a state in a person's life. We only see them on the field, but many would have a complicated personal life.

    It is certainly not fair to laugh at such personalities, it is a time they need co-operation and blessing from others. Cricket fans need to be a bit more mature.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    And the history repeats ... Trott goes Trescothick's way ...

  • Bluedylan on November 25, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    I love my cricket, and have done all my life, but in what world is a Test series more important than somebody's mental health? Some bizarre, ignorant comments on this page. Perhaps some people have no experience of these issues, but often these kinds of concerns can be accompanied by suicidal feelings or thoughts. I sincerely hope that isn't the case with Trott, but let's not be so quick to judge, and let's certainly not prioritise what is essentially a game over a person's wellbeing.

  • 122notoutWestByfleet1996 on November 25, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    i find some of the comments here quite distasteful. mental illness is a serious matter and it is clear that some of you know nothing about how debilitating such a condition can be.

    Also, do you know anything about what is happening in Trott's life outside of cricket? Who knows what he is going through? he could have a relative with serious illness, could be going through difficulties in a personal relationship, who knows? all of these things can have a negative impact on someones well-being.

    To suggest that he is taking the easy way out because he is scared of Aussie bowlers is simply disrespectful, ill-educated and incorrect.

    It will be interesting to see who England call up now.....Compton? Taylor? who will bat 3? Bell I guess., KP 4, Root 5, Bairstow 6? It doest look such a solid line up now.

  • Pathiyal on November 25, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    i dont think he is saving himself from the war....he has tried his level best so far to get back to what he was. there is nothing wrong in taking this step when he is not confident, considering the intensity with which the ashes are played. needless to say, the batsman of such a caliber will be back soon. i wish all the best to his team as well, hope they will have a pay back time :-)

  • strokerkiwi on November 25, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Some of these comments are disgusting. If you cannot understand how mental illness works then please refrain from commenting. Try to be subjective here; everyone is different and to simply say "Oh, he needs to toughen up and stop being soft" then you have sorely and reprehensibly missed the point. Mental illness is just that: an illness.

    These throwaway comments about how Trott can't handle the Aussie quicks are pathetic; you need a good fat dose of empathy for your fellow man. How the hell mankind are going to survive well into the future with all it's pressing issues with people like yourselves makes me very, very afraid.

  • whiterosetiger on November 25, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    It's a pity some people some uneducated people don't understand this illness more. Hope he gets all the help he needs. Good luck Trotty!!

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Such a big loss for both the England team and the viewers. He's not the most exciting player to watch in the world, but he has character all the same. Hope he comes back, and soon, because England will not be a full side without him.

  • TheCaptayne on November 25, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Harry_Harish_6 - that's total rubbish. Anxiety and depression tend to affect those people who are the most dedicated and consciencious, who keep soldiering on despite warning signs, those who refuse to cut themselves slack.

    For Trott to leave the tour ISNT a sign of weakness - it's the bravest decision he could have made.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    And the history repeats... Trott goes Trescothick way ...

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    u ppl dont know anything about mental illness...it can happen or get sever at any point of life,irrespective of how strong u remained in past..so just think on the positive side n pray for his better recover...it may have happened on tour of zimbabwe with same result.

  • CosmoCrawley on November 25, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    My best wishes for a speedy recovery to Jonathon Trott. And to all those on this site questioning his mental toughness and the effect this might have on England's chances you obviously have no real experience with this sort of thing and it would be best if you kept your ignorance to yourselves.

  • AdoSR on November 25, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    There are some pretty uninformed comments below. This has nothing to do with toughness or a lack of conviction. The poor man is suffering from an illness. As an Australian supporter I hope he gets well soon and can return to international stage with the full range of his talents.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Sorry to hear it. Obviously he thought he could work through it on tour, but I guess it was as obvious to him as it was to the rest of us that his head wasn't in the right place. Hope he gets back on the right track and back doing what he loves.

    On a practical note, I wonder will England fly in a replacement, and if so, who? There are no really stand-out candidates. I suppose Taylor, Robson, Compton, Hildreth, Morgan... The best number 3 in the championship last year was probably actually Scott Borthwick, but I'd say that'd be a bit too left-field.

    Anyway, all the best Trotty!

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Is this Trescothik part 2 in making and a repeat of 2006 whitewash?

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Marcus Trescothick no 2. I hope England does not unravel. Ian Bell has experience at no 3, having replaced an injured Trott before. He is the logical choice for 3, Root can move to 5, Ballance at 6, Bairstow at 7 to replace Prior. Then there are no obvious weaknesses from 1 to 7 in batting.

  • shandow on November 25, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    This is where Sachin, Rahul Dravid, Laxman stand apart. They faced more stress not only from opposition but from the Indian fans and Media. They kept practising more and more and more and never let stress show on their face. Sachin did it for 24 years and Dravid & Laxman for 16 years. This is where India players better than any other player in the world

  • Nutcutlet on November 25, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    Get better, Jonathan - take the time it takes. Anyone with an ounce of empathy will wish you well, so you can ignore the crass & insensitive comments from some here that I will not even credit by identifying. They should be ashamed of themselves.

  • dammgood on November 25, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    whats wrong with the English players ??? they always have a stress related problem ...Trescothick , Yardy , Trott..etc etc...

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    That is really unfortunate to hear. May he recover soon.

  • RG2008 on November 25, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Whatever his failings as a cricketer I wish him a speedy and thorough recovery. I hope he gets support and sympathy rather than ridicule.

  • proczilla on November 25, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    As poorly as he was playing, this is a huge loss to England. As an Aussie it was always nice seeing the back of Trott because you know what he is capable of. He will not be easily replaced.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    so Australia on course for winning the Ashes Easily!!

  • TheCaptayne on November 25, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Poor guy. All the best Trotty, hope to see you play again soon.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Some disgusting, ignorant comments here.

  • prosanto on November 25, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    The opener Marcus Trescothick left the 2005-06 India tour and the 2006-07 Ashes tour of Australia before the first Test in Brisbane, while the left-arm spinner Michael Yardy flew home from the 2011 World Cup. Neither cricketer has played for England again. that's not good news at all

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Ashes to Australia @ 5-0

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Good luck to him and hope he recovers.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    And there goes england chance of retaining the ashes!!!

  • Nuxxy on November 25, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    I wonder if the England setup is too rigid and cold, too business-like, vs the Australian and South African setup where the players are 'mates'. Makes the time away from your familial-base (and refuge) more stressful.

  • humi_cric on November 25, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    Can anyone e-mail Trott statement to M. Hafeez and Nasir Jamshaid, reasonable, if you are not comfortable, take a rest to recover and give chances to other deserving players.

  • dunger.bob on November 25, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    There's a wide open opportunity to really put the boot into Trott here, but I'm not going to take it. Stress and Anxiety are real ailments and can be very serious. I'm just going to wish him all the best and I hope he recovers soon.

  • BAPLAYER on November 25, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    This might turn out to be blessing in disguise for England, as Trott seemed to be the weakest link in this England team! Hope his place goes to Bairstow

  • cricketlover_crazy on November 25, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    I think this piece of news is blessing in disguise, in the past 18 months i have not seen any significant score from Trott apart from a century against India. I will have Bell to bat at no.3 and have somebody who replaces Trott on the tour (most likely Taylor), ballance to come in place of him, i will not be happy if English selectors pick Bairstow in the playing 11 as he is always suspect able to short pitch stuff, his famous series against west indies last year ( roach and co).

  • Amit_13 on November 25, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Saves being dropped!

    But good luck to him with the recovery. As dour as he is, he has been key to England playing time out in test matches. This will now open up the batting even more. Sets the stage for a KP special. Equally, Aussies know they can get to the Poms again without even playing.

  • GIN. on November 25, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Excellent.:-) England will now replace him with a walking wicket like bairstow.!!! :-P

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Hope he'll be alright soon.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Is it the Johnson effect?

  • Adoh on November 25, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    I hope he recovers well and comes back soon. Best wishes, he is a great talent.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    England really are under the pump. This doesn't augur too well for a side filled with so much talent. If at all there's a time for Alastair Cook to show his leadership ability, it is now. Otherwise, get ready for a repeat of 2006.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    i undersrand that playing the top level cricket is tough. but perhaps the english cricketers are too soft. immagine being a sub continent player !!!! yet no one has this stress related issue. any reason why? I can't understand .

  • zenboomerang on November 25, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    Really sad to read this news - a good bloke - & maybe the foreign owned news media in Oz have to take a fair shame of the blame in this...

    Anyway, all the best to a top cricketer :)

  • shaylin on November 25, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    That is a shame to hear. Would have liked to have seen his response in Adelaide.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    David Warner must be feeling very proud of himself now.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Well the timing does seem bad, but again this seems sad, many English Cricketers face stress, and depression, during the career's

    Wonder the ridicule the world would make of a Rohit Sharma or Kohli had they opted out of important tours for such reasons.

  • Morgan78 on November 25, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Not news any cricket fan likes to hear. Wishing Trott a speedy and full recovery.

    This Ashes has not started well for England!

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Agonizing way to step aside. I hope he sorts things in his head and returns to the fold. he's such a serene player to watch. And boy, these Aussies can get to even the best of them. Test cricket at its best. Absolutely love the Ashes.

  • RJHB on November 25, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Wow, that's pretty huge! A major, major thorn in the Aussies side for four years, gone! Got to be demoralising for England, as it was in 2006 when Trescothick had a big sook and bailed. Now the pommies are going to field Carberry, Root and another newby. Suddenly they don't look anywhere near as formidable. They'll be teetering if Priors calf flares up or another bowler goes down....Anderson.

  • austentayshus on November 25, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    I am AN Aussie fan but feel sorry for JT....

    I hope he doesn't't end up same as Marcus Trescothik way .. He is talented no doubt about that

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    It's a stressful life, health is more important.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    He did look out of sorts during the 1st Test. Its a bold decision to step out of the game for a while, to sort out his stress related concerns.

    I'm sure the Aussies will think they managed to mentally disintegrate him, but I strongly feel, they should be a bit sensitive, and not banter about the fact, that it was them that sent Trotty trotting home

  • SydneyHarbour on November 25, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    Here's wishing him a full and speedy recovery.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Sad to hear that as Trott is a quality batsman and person !

  • smudgeon on November 25, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Times like this remind us that beneath the drama, tension and entertainment of cricket, cricketers are human beings, with the same frailties and issuescas everyone else. I wish Johnathan Trott a full and speedy recovery.

  • Rahul_78 on November 25, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Ohh Ooo! Warner is going to feel really sorry now for his verbal diarrhea. There might be a backlash from English media and fans towards Aussie team and Warner in particular! Anyways, 2 failures in a test match doesnt make Trott a lesser player. Even if he doesnt play for England again he has had fantastic career and he is one heck of a batsmen. Hope he recovers soon and get back to scoring runs in English colors.

  • sachinvasanthan on November 25, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    First Casualty of Austrailia's sledging on and off the field by both the team and the crowd.... Morale boost for aussies.... This will be no different from trescothick's departure from the team on 2007 Ashes...

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Interesting.... "Stress Related Illness" - I think England has another Marcus Trescothick problem.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Hope he comes back soon........................

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    w h a t :-O

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    So Warner was right. Mind games work

  • Stevros3 on November 25, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Bell has to move to number 3 and Root to number 5. I'm interested who they bring in, I'd suggest a Davis as reserve wicket keeper if there are any doubts over Prior's injury, then I'd probably say Ballace, Bairstow & Stokes all have a pretty good shot at the no. 6 berth.

  • Unifex on November 25, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    As an Aussie fan, I'm sad to see Trott go home in this way. He's a good player, and will be a big loss to England. All the best to him.

  • Unifex on November 25, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    As an Aussie fan, I'm sad to see Trott go home in this way. He's a good player, and will be a big loss to England. All the best to him.

  • Stevros3 on November 25, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Bell has to move to number 3 and Root to number 5. I'm interested who they bring in, I'd suggest a Davis as reserve wicket keeper if there are any doubts over Prior's injury, then I'd probably say Ballace, Bairstow & Stokes all have a pretty good shot at the no. 6 berth.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    So Warner was right. Mind games work

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    w h a t :-O

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Hope he comes back soon........................

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Interesting.... "Stress Related Illness" - I think England has another Marcus Trescothick problem.

  • sachinvasanthan on November 25, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    First Casualty of Austrailia's sledging on and off the field by both the team and the crowd.... Morale boost for aussies.... This will be no different from trescothick's departure from the team on 2007 Ashes...

  • Rahul_78 on November 25, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Ohh Ooo! Warner is going to feel really sorry now for his verbal diarrhea. There might be a backlash from English media and fans towards Aussie team and Warner in particular! Anyways, 2 failures in a test match doesnt make Trott a lesser player. Even if he doesnt play for England again he has had fantastic career and he is one heck of a batsmen. Hope he recovers soon and get back to scoring runs in English colors.

  • smudgeon on November 25, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Times like this remind us that beneath the drama, tension and entertainment of cricket, cricketers are human beings, with the same frailties and issuescas everyone else. I wish Johnathan Trott a full and speedy recovery.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Sad to hear that as Trott is a quality batsman and person !