Trott ‘definitely made the right decision’ to return home, says Marcus Trescothick

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“It’s really really tough and it will take time for him to get back on track again”

Former England opening batsman Marcus Trescothick has announced that Jonathan Trott “definitely made the right decision” to return home from Australia after revealing that he was struggling with a stress-related illness.

Trescothick experienced the same thing during England’s tour of India in 2005-06 and their tour of Australia in 2006-07.

“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 said. “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.

“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.”

Trescothick added that the pressure an English player faces while playing the Ashes in Australia is far greater than anyone can imagine.

“This has got to be the biggest pressure that you can take on as an international cricketer, going to Australia with the pressure on for the Ashes and then being put under the scrutiny,” he said. “It’s a very, very hostile environment in Australia when the whole of the country is battering you left, right and centre.

“The media, the people in the hotels and then you go out to the cricket and you get that as well, so it is not easy at all and I can sympathise with him because you want to give everything you can for your country to try and make it work and try get through the problems, but sometimes these things are just too big.”

The 37-year-old also noted that Trott’s decision to leave Australia during an ongoing Ashes series would have been a “horrible decision to make”.

“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,” Trescothick said. “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 its 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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