Trott suffers relapse of stress-related illness; takes extended break

"It is not fair on my team-mates or myself to continue when I am unable to function at 100 per cent"

“It is not fair on my team-mates or myself to continue when I am unable to function at 100 per cent”

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England batsman Jonathan Trott has suffered a relapse of the stress-related illness he experienced during the Ashes series against Australia in December and has decided to take an extended break away from cricket.

Trott had only just returned to representing Warwickshire in county cricket before suffering the relapse.

“It was with the best intentions and hope that I returned to cricket with Warwickshire this month,” Trott said. “Much to my disappointment, since my first game, I have felt the same anxieties that occurred during my time in Australia.

“It is not fair on my team-mates or myself to continue when I am unable to function at 100 per cent.

“In order to play at the highest level you have to be at 100 per cent and be able to concentrate fully at all times. Sadly I am unable to do this.

“With this in mind I have decided it is best for all involved that I continue my recovery on the sidelines for the time being. I would like to thank Warwickshire and the ECB for their continued support through this time.”

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are determined to help Trott defeat his illness once and for all. 

“At the completion of the LV County Championship match between Warwickshire and Sussex on April 16, 2014 – in which he played – Jonathan experienced a repeat of stress-related symptoms which were diagnosed during England’s Ashes series in Australia in the winter,” an ECB statement said. “Jonathan will now undergo further treatment to assist with his long-term rehabilitation.

“Both parties confirm that their primary concerns are for Jonathan’s health and well-being, and re-iterate that they will continue to offer him their full support.”

ECB Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Nick Pierce, added: “Despite Jonathan wanting to play for Warwickshire from the start of the season, having spent time with him yesterday it is clear that he will benefit from a further period away from the game.

“He will continue with the comprehensive support programme the ECB has put in place to assist his rehabilitation.”

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