Jonathan Trott endured a low-key comeback as he returned to cricket with Warwickshire in a two day friendly against Gloucestershire at Edgbaston.
Whilst Trott will be happy to be back playing the game he loves he will be disappointed with his comeback performance - scoring just four runs, having faced only 19 deliveries.
This innings was his first since he announced his premature departure from the winter Ashes tour down under with the England hierarchy citing a stress related illness as the reason. The whole cricketing world was united with their support for the Warwickshire man who is greatly admired on the International stage.
Despite recent revelations from Trott, that gave burn out as the real reason for him leaving the tour, I am sure he will be gladly accepted back into the England fold if he is able to force his way back.
In actual fact England could really do with Trott at the moment. He had become such a valuable member of a successful England squad and been their Mr Reliable batting at number three. His absence, along with other contributing factors, has been one of the reasons why England have so dramatically fallen from grace in the last six months. England have had a shocking winter and will have been looking to their more experienced players, of which Trott was one, to get them back on track this summer.
Trott's stats speak for themselves. In 49 Test matches he has scored over 3,700 runs at an average of over 46.
Trott will consider himself to now be starting his career all over again. He will hope to find some form in a Warwickshire shirt that will alert the England selectors to him once again. However, it is one small step at a time for the 32-year-old and perhaps, deep down, he may not want to further his career in the International arena, especially if that was a major contributing factor to his burn out in the first place.
Will the England selectors be right to put their faith in him again especially with the International calendar showing no signs of being less hectic? In his absence have other players overtaken him in the eyes of the selectors? Is he now considered too fragile to be a consideration for England's long-term plans?
Nobody can doubt the quality of Jonathan Trott who will now be focused on The Bears first Championship match which gets under way on the 13th April against Sussex. The main thing for Trott is that he can once again enjoy his cricket after his self-imposed break and then the runs will flow like they have done for most of his career.
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