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“I don’t feel it is right that I’m playing knowing I’m not 100%”
England batsman Jonathan Trott has been ruled out for the remainder of the Ashes series after flying home due to a stress-related illness.
Trott’s departure from Australia comes after he was dismissed by left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson for a low score in both innings of the first Test in Brisbane.
England’s team management admitted that Trott had been struggling with the stress-related illness for a while now and believed that sending him home was the best option.
There is still no word on when Trott will return.
“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 and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) managing director Hugh Morris noted that Trott will be given as much time as he needs to recover from his illness.
“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.”
England team director Andy Flower added: “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 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 rest and recuperation that he requires.”
Flower stated that Trott’s decision to return home had nothing to do with Australia opening batsman David Warner’s comments about him being “pretty poor and pretty weak”.
“That would be inaccurate,” Flower said. “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.
“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.”