Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide December 4, 2013

Trott could return for England - Cook


There is no reason why Jonathan Trott cannot return to international cricket, according to England captain, Alastair Cook.

Trott left the England tour of Australia suffering from a stress-related illness at the end of the first Test in Brisbane. But while Cook was keen not to place any timeframe on Trott's return, he did make it clear that he would be welcomed back once he was fully rested and recovered.

"We all understand he's got a long journey back," Cook said. "But I don't see any reason why he couldn't play for England again.

"If he comes back for Warwickshire and scores a lot of runs, we would love to have him back. He's a class player. We've all seen it. But it's important that we give him a little bit of time and space away from the pressure of playing international cricket.

"We'd love to have him back but he's got to make sure he's ready and let's not put any time pressure on him. We all wish him all the luck in the world."

Cook admitted that Trott had experienced stress-related problems in the past and praised his courage in dealing with them over the course of a successful career.

"It's horrible seeing what he's gone through on the last couple of weeks on this tour," Cook said. "Throughout his career, he has struggled at certain times. He's shown a huge amount of character to perform as he has done for England in 49 Tests. He has been outstanding for us at number three.

"I haven't had to fight the same kind of stuff as Trotty, so I appreciate I'm lucky in that sense. It can get tough: that's why it's called Test cricket. There's a lot of tough moments. I've been lucky that I've at certain times found a score, which has relieved the pressure on my place.

"It is important to have a sense of reality. Seeing what Trotty has gone through has given people a bit of that. You realise that it was a tough defeat in Brisbane but someone else is having it a lot worse than we were having it."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Craig on December 9, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    Stop Sooking England supporters and accept whats happening like we did when Australia was in England a few months ago.

    This story is on Cook and Trott, I really do hope Trott returns hes one of the best world cricket has seen and Cooky said some encouraging words to give Trott a great oppertunity for a return when hes ready. Good Job Cook with this shows great leadership and character. Good luck Trotty and cant wait to see you playing against the Aussies soon.

    Go Australia Ozzy Ozzy Ozzy

  • Mark on December 6, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    Further to my comment. I want to make clear there is nothing wrong with how Australia played on the field. In the 1970s and 1980s Australia played a ver gladiatorial brand of cricket. However what happened on the field stayed on the field during those previous eras. However back then before a tour players didn't use the media to disrespect other team etc. Even former players were in on the act such as Geoff Marsh commenting Eng poor preparation. Merv Hughes saying England players look scared of Aus. Dean Jones obnoxiously saying this England team is arrogant and no one likes them etc as Cook says these comments show disrespect to the opposition Lehamann and Warner chipped in with them using the media to sledge the other team. Even before a before a ball was bowled. Back in the 1970s Oz players never used the media to sledge other side. On fieldbanter and aggression was strictly on the field. Clearly Aus is more successful playing a 1970s, 1980s brand of tough agressive cricket.

  • Mark on December 5, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    It would be great to see Jonathan Trott in the England team before the tour is finished. As Cook said he is a class player and he will be back before he hangs up his boots even though he is now 32. He could still potentially play another 4 or 5 years for England. I think why Trotts illness became acute when he managed alright in the last 4 years is because of the very uncouth way Darren Lehmann's team have used the media to mentally disintegrate, after crossing the cricket field boundary line. Darren Lehmann and his sidekick David Warner et al are obviously low class individuals. Who must have been smarting after 3 ashes defeats. I believe Darren Lehmann and Co crossed a line when they took some of their bully tactics off the cricket field and into the media. I would love to see Eng def Boofheads team. But alas I feel Aussies will win this series, however the manner of their play will leave a sour taste even for their supporters. Flower,Strauss and Cook can hold their heads high.

  • Shanmugam on December 4, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    Cook is just being nice. Trott is not going to return to international cricket. These kind of stress-related illnesses are not the ones that just go away. Tres and Yardy, as someone else pointed out, are examples. We could only wish that Trott has a happy life for the rest of his life. If he starts playing cricket again, that is a bonus for us fans. As an England fan, we could only hope that Gary Ballance takes to international cricket as fish takes to water.

  • Tom on December 4, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Trott's toast in tests. Totally.

  • ian on December 4, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    Cook is just being supportive - surely the right role to adopt. As for Jonathan Trott's future, that is one area that makes little sense to speculate about. If he's on the road back to living a fulfilled & contented life, then that is surely all we can reasonably wish for on his behalf - the cricket, at whatever level he may continue to play, will wait.

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    Mental illness is such a difficult thing to predict, it could well be the case that Trott was suffering a particularly bad episode recently. If he sees an improvement on that front then he's stuff the same player he was before with all the talent and history of performing spectacularly well at the highest level. That being so I think he could make his way back to the test team, provided his stress related problems can be dealt with.

  • Jason on December 4, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    I've said it on numerous other threads that Trott could play for england in the future, though I suspect he would be selected for a home series first to see how he handles the additional stresses.

    At the moment thought Trott needs to focus on himself and his family, and we'll see what happens in the future.

  • Prafulla on December 4, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    Real Characters are tested under sever pressures....under known conditions everyone thrives. JT has done it earlier and lets look at a player of his stature to prove and comeback stronger.

  • Thuso on December 4, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    It'd be awesome to see him back in the team. I love watching him bat.

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