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“We all understand that he has got a long journey back and we wish him all the luck in the world”
England captain Alastair Cook has announced that “it’s horrible seeing what” batsman Jonathan Trott is going through and hopes that he makes a speedy recovery.
Trott recently pulled out of the Ashes and returned back to England with a stress-related illness.
“It is important to have a sense of reality, seeing what Trotty has gone through has given people a bit of that,” Cook said. “It was a tough defeat in Brisbane but someone else was having it a lot worse than what we were having.
“Trotty understands and we all understand that he has got a long journey back and we wish him all the luck in the world.
“It’s horrible seeing what he’s gone through, obviously in the last two to three weeks on this tour and then throughout his career he has struggled at certain times and I think he’s showed a huge amount of character to perform as he has done for England.
“[It’s] important that we give him a little time and space away from the game and the pressures of playing international cricket and we can see how he comes back.
“We would love to have him back but he’s got to make sure he’s ready and let’s make sure we don’t put any time pressure on him.”
Cook added that the person chosen to take over Trott’s spot on the roster will have a tough task on their hands.
“It’s a tough position to fill,” Cook said. “He was outstanding for us at number three and he gave a lot of amazing contributions, so it’s a big hole to fill and someone will have to stand up and fill that role, it’s a crucial position.”
The England captain finished off by saying that he couldn’t even begin to imagine what Trott was going through.
“I clearly haven’t had to fight the same stuff as Trotty has had,” Cook said. “I appreciate that I’m lucky in that sense. It can get tough.”