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England batsman Jonathan Trott has revealed that Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson was not the reason why he took a break from international cricket.
Trott has not represented England since leaving midway through the last Ashes series in Australia with a stress-related illness.
“A lot of people said it was Mitchell Johnson but it really wasn’t,” Trott told The Daily Mail. “It was what was going on with me; self-inflicted really.
“Give him (Johnson) credit. He bowled really well in the one-day series and Tests…I’ve actually had a few centuries against Johnson, so I wouldn’t say it’s a technique issue.
“But without digging deeper and finding out what’s going on, that’s what people focus on.”
However, in his column for The Daily Telegraph in March, former England captain Michael Vaughan believed that Trott had left Australia early due to his struggles with the bat rather than health issues.
Responding to the all the criticism he received for leaving during the Ashes series, Trott said: “There were a few people who had a go at me and I suppose it gives a true reflection of their personality.”
Trott also went on to admit that he considered retiring from cricket since he was unsure whether he wanted to play the game any more.
“I wasn’t sure if I wanted to play cricket any more,” he said. “It became a relief to be away from it.”
In a last-ditch effort to save his career, Trott went to see renowned sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters, who has worked with five-time world snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, Liverpool Football Club and the British cycling team.
“I’d found someone who understood me,” Trott said. “Someone I could speak to.”
However, Trott noted that he is glad to be back playing for Warwickshire and is also available to represent his country once again.
“I’m just enjoying playing for Warwickshire right now and if I get the chance to play for England again, great,” he said.