The Ashes 2013-14 November 25, 2013

'You just can't take any more' - Trescothick

ESPNcricinfo staff

Marcus Trescothick has urged the media and public to give Jonathan Trott the time and space he needs to overcome the stress-related illness that has forced him to leave the Ashes tour.

Trescothick has first-hand experience of being in such a position having left the 2006-07 Ashes in the same situation after previously suffering on the 2005-06 tour to India. He has since been credited with helping break the stigma around mental illness, especially among sportsmen, and has said that cricket should now pale into insignificance for Trott compared to his health and well-being.

Andy Flower, the England team director, revealed that Trott had been managing his condition over an extended period of time before a decision was made at the end of the third day of the Brisbane Test that he should return home and Trescothick recalled the memories of his own traumatic experience seven years ago.

"You just can't take any more, you just can't get through the day let alone go out there and play a Test match and win a Test match," he told Sky Sports News. I sympathise with Trotty. I've been in that exact situation in '06 and '07 and tried to make that decision knowing that the consequences and all the attention it's going to bring on to you are going to be tough.

"I think we just need to allow a bit of time, that's the key at this point. I know there's going to be a massive media scrum over the next couple of days. We'll probably see him flying back home and seeing him arrive back at his house, but we just need to allow him that bit of time to get well again because your health is far more important than any game of cricket that we play.

There have been suggestions that Trott should not have been selected for the tour if his situation was known by the selectors, but Trescothick said the illness did not make such decisions straight forward and that emotions can sway in a short period of time.

"I've been in this position and you try to cope but it's very, very tough. I've started tours sometimes, feeling not in the right place and not in the the right state of mind but managed to get through the little period that you can carry on playing and doing well - but clearly it has got too much.''

In another interview, with BBC Radio Five Live, Trescothick added that Trott would only have made things worse for himself if he had tried to carry on.

"It would have been a horrible decision to make, to come out and talk about these things for the first time is tough, I'm sure he's not feeling great at all, but he's definitely made the right decision.

"When you're in that state of mind you get very good at hiding these things but there comes a time where you have to talk about it. It just gets too big sometimes and the best thing to do is to take some time away from it.

"It's debilitating, it grinds you down, and it's difficult to escape from, you can't get away from it in all areas of your life. There is no hiding place from it, 24/7. It's really really tough and it will take time for him to get back on track again.''

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  • Thank You on November 30, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    Leave the guy alone....the guy is weak at this moment and needs time to recuperate. Performing in front of millions day in day out is hard - maybe he does not want to do it anymore. England need to send their scouts to South Africa to mine a replacement.

  • Perry on November 30, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    Keep in mind that both Trescothick and Trott came down with illness while touring. I think this has much more to do with homesickness brought on by unbearably long tours than stress. Trscothick continued playing domestic cricket when he returned but retired from tests.

  • Tom on November 27, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    A question to all those querying - from Mike Selvey to commenters here - why if this was a known problem Trott was in the team. If Clarke's back flares up and takes him out for the rest of the series would the same question apply? Or do you take the view that an underlying physical ailment (Clarke's back, Cook's back, Harris's legs, various bowlers' stress fractures) are just conditions to be managed and if a player is fit then they should play irrespective of any ongoing illness or injury? There really isn't a difference here.

  • Sharmin on November 26, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    I guess Trott took the right decision. But I wish he and ECB could do this before the Ashes and making a mess. I wish Trott all the best and certainly admire Tendulkar for playing continuously and taking this mental stress for almost 24 years.

  • ESPN on November 26, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    Stay strong Trotty. I've been there. Just take it a day at a time. You can do it.

  • Sreekanth on November 26, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    As a fellow human being, I sympathize with Trott. I sincerely wish him to recover soon and continue to stay healthy.

    But I would not recommend for him to start playing cricket ever again unless he is COMPLETELY recovered from this stress illness. If Trott is only partially recovered to a state where he can be like he was before (i.e., cricketer known to have stress related issues) then sooner or later he may break down again. This can kill him further. Trott needs a clean chit to play further cricket else it not only hurts England cricket but also his health tremendously which is more important than anything else.

  • sanjeewa on November 26, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Who notice this! When Trott dismissed and went off the Gabba field in the 2nd innings,He gave some kind of stifled goodbye like gesture to the crowd.In that moment I thought there is something wrong...

    Get well soon Trotty...A fan from Sri Lanka....!

  • Shirley on November 26, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    Please do not knock the likes of Treschotick, Trott or Tait (forgotten much??) for showing a bit of humanity & leaving Tests behind for these types of reasons. If you have never had these types of afflications good on you but please spare these players any taunts or jibes. These just stem from ignorance from something, that can at times be very debilitating, not matter who you are & what you do. I hope Trott comes back to international stage, he is brilliant to watch - yes, I am a die-hard Aussie & really like to beat the 'international' English cricket team.

  • clair on November 26, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    ALL of the blame must go to the ECB and its staff, If they have known about this for a month why wait until now? He should of been helped a month ago when the problem arose.

  • Dummy4 on November 26, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    Since no one has bothered asking before posting comments comparing Trott to other players (or else I am the only one who doesn't know), let me ask - what exactly is stress-related illness? Is it illness induced by stress? Is it illness induced when under extreme stress? Or is it a mental illness that you have once in a while but really flares up - like a niggling back or achilles heel - after being under stress for a certain period of time?