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Jonathan Trott leaves Ashes Tour

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On Monday morning, England no.3 batsman Jonathan Trott left the England tour of Australia because of a long-standing stress related problem.

This was a shock to me as it was to everyone else because, despite Trotty struggling at Brisbane against the short and nasty pace of Mitchell Johnson, I felt that he would come back in the way he does best, scoring runs for England.

Depression or any stress-related illness is a horrible thing to have. I have suffered from it before during the early part of this year and it is a really tough situation to get out of. You feel as if nobody wants you, you have no friends and you feel sorry for yourself. The latter is the worst part because that is the feeling that makes you reluctant to tell people. You have to be very mentally strong to tell someone and get through this and that is why, if Jonathan is feeling like this, it was the right decision for him to go home and spend time with his family.

It is likely that Trott will take at least a year away from cricket, perhaps the biggest risk for him was that once any player leaves this England side for a significant amount of time, then it is very difficult to slot straight back in. He is 32 now and England do have some up and coming talents in the batting department.

Trott is a world class player and he will score runs again, but he just has to be wary. Marcus Trescothick and Michael Yardy never played for England again after they left their respective tours of Australia and India. Despite this, Trott needs to put his health before cricket at the moment and hopefully he can come back stronger and stronger.

When Jonathan does go back to playing cricket however, he really needs to make some tweaks to his technique. As analysed by Sky and BBC Sport analyst Simon Hughes, Trott moves across his stumps too much when the bowler is in the process of his action. This leads to two big problems.

Firstly, when the predicable short ball is coming at him, he is cramped for room. He is unable to play a free-flowing pull shot and instead plays an uncomfortable flick which just balloons up in the air, exactly like his second-innings dismissal at the Gabba.

Secondly, he takes significant strides towards the bowler when the ball is being bowled. The problems this has is that his head is not still by the time the ball comes to him, which makes it harder to control shots such as the pull and the hook, hence why they are going up in the air.

Furthermore, his head is not in line with the ball, so he is frequently falling across his stumps when the bowler bowls a straight delivery. This was evident in the home Ashes series last summer.

I for one, hope that Trotty makes a swift recovery from this illness and that he regains his place in the England team. He has given so much to England over the past four years and he seems to be a very respected man on and off the field.

So what now for England?

Well, there are two or three calls that the selectors have to make, come Adelaide. First, they need to be sure as to who they want at no.3. There are a couple of contenders: Ian Bell or Joe Root. Bell would be the choice for me, simply because he is England's form batsman at the moment and England need to get off to a good start, which is something they have failed regularly to do throughout the year.

Although we were all very encouraged by Root's fighting performance in the second innings and it showed that he is up for the fight. He would do well at no.5 in my opinion.

This of course leaves the slot open in the no.6 position. The contenders are Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance (both of Yorkshire) or an outside bet in Durham's Ben Stokes. This may come as a surprise, but my pick would be Stokes.

England lacked the extra bowler in Brisbane, largely due to the fact that Graeme Swann is lacking form. Stokes would give the team more variety and, batting wise, he is an attacking player who rarely lets bowlers get on top of him. This is perhaps what England need in the problematic no.6 position.

Finally, I would make the harsh call of brining Steven Finn in for Chris Tremlett. At first instance, this seems a surprising choice but it is not because of Tremlett's performace in the first Test. England lacked the pace that Australia seem to possess at the moment and Finn is the quickest bowler England have got.

It's about time that England test Australia's technique against genuine fast bowlers and Finn would certainly do that. He is a proven wicket taker and he will add another dimension to the bowling attack. 

Nevertheless, the Adelaide Test is England's game to win and they need to make sure they provide the right balance in the team to cause Australia problems. Now is the time to show that they still are a world class side, which we all know they are.

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