Things couldn't have been worse for England. After they lost the first Ashes test by 381 runs and were already in tatters, here is something even worse. Jonathan Trott, the Warwickshire and England no. three batsman has decided to leave the Ashes tour of Australia due to a stress related condition.
“I don't think it is right that I'm playing knowing that I'm not 100%”, said Trott. “I cannot currently operate at the level I have done in the past.
“My priority now is to take a break from cricket so that I can focus on my recovery."
England coach Andy Flower seems to be agreeing with Trott and said: “He needs time away from this environment and time with his family."
Trott who struggled to get going in The Investec Ashes Series 2013 was expected to strike form on this tour to Australia. Though, he never boarded the flight to Australia with any kind of form and an improved technique against short-pitched bowling and continued his egregious form by scoring 10 and 9 in the first test of The Ashes Down Under.
“Jonathan has been struggling with this condition for quite a while," added Flower. "We have been on tour for about a month and he has had his ups and downs through that month and it is not directly related to that.
"I would also say players commenting to fellow professionals in the media is disrespectful and I think on this occasion he [Warner] has got that horribly wrong."
Former England opener Marcus Trescothick who himself faced such a problem told BBC Radio 5 Live that: “It would have been a horrible decision to make, to come out and talk about these things for the first time is tough, I'm sure he's not feeling great at all, but he's definitely made the right decision.
"When you're in that state of mind you get very good at hiding these things but there comes a time where you have to talk about it. It just gets too big sometimes and the best thing to do is to take some time away from it.
"It's debilitating, it grinds you down, and its difficult to escape from, you can't get away from it in all areas of your life. There is no hiding place from it, 24/7.
"It's really really tough and it will take time for him to get back on track again."
Hugh Morris, the managing director of England Cricket also had something to say: “Jonathan Trott is an incredibly talented cricketer who has proven himself time and again for England.
"The cricket side of things is unimportant now, all that matters is that Jonathan is given the time, support and space he needs to recover.
"We fully support his decision to leave the tour and the ECB will provide all the assistance we can to help Jonathan and his family through this period. Jonathan has asked for privacy while he recovers and I would urge everyone to respect that."
The big question that arises for England now is who’ll take Trott’s place? Most probably, someone from down the order might move up to no. three.
Because Bell had this experience before, he may be seen at Trott’s spot for the rest of the series while down the order; Stokes, Ballance and Bairstow are the choices for England.
England are likely to use their upcoming practice match starting from Friday against Australian Chairman’s 11 at Traeger Park, Alice Springs.
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