‘It’s heartbreaking to lose Trotty’, says Stuart Broad

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“The most important thing for him at the moment is that he knows he’s got the support of the changing room”

England pace bowler Stuart Broad has announced that “it’s heartbreaking” to have lost batsman Jonathan Trott for the remainder of the Ashes series due to a stress-related illness and added that “he’s got the support of the changing room”.

Despite being a little disappointed at Trott’s decision to return home, Broad feels that he made the right choice.

“It’s heartbreaking to lose Trotty,” Broad told Sky Sports. “He’s been an integral part of the side for the last four or five years.

“He gave us a lot of solidity at the number three spot.

“But the most important thing for him at the moment is that he knows he’s got the support of the changing room.

“He’s played 49 Tests, we’re all behind him and he’s got time at home and a bit of privacy to get himself right.”

Meanwhile, while most of his team-mates have condemned Australia captain Michael Clarke for his comments about James Anderson and David Warner for his remarks about Trott, Broad believes that no one has crossed the line.

“On the field I don’t think a line has been crossed,” Broad said. “We grow up and train ourselves to expect that. A few mistakes have been made off the field.

“We, as England players, pride ourselves on not commenting about the opposition because you never know what’s going on in an opposition changing room or their lives, so we tend to stay away from that.”

Broad also admitted to being worried about England’s drastic collapse after the first day of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, which Australia won by 381 runs.

“It was really disappointing from our point of view,” he said. “We sat in the changing rooms after the first day, and everyone was buzzing.

“We stamped our authority in the way we wanted to, but to follow that up with three really poor days hurt the team.”

However, Broad is confident that England can bounce back and even things up in the second Test in Adelaide, which gets underway on December 5.

“If we judged the English cricket side on the first match of the series, we’d be the worst side in the world – because we don’t have a good record in that,” he said. “I can’t put my finger on why, but it’s something we need to improve.

“One thing is that we know we can get better throughout the series.”

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