England cricketer Jonathan Trott has put his career on ice by taking another break from the sport due to the same mental anguish that forced him to leave the winter’s unsuccessful Ashes tour.
Trott, an Ashes winner with England on three occasions, left the disastrous tour after the first test in Brisbane, citing a ‘stress-related illness’ as the problem.
What followed next was a barrage of scepticism and conspiracy theories, with many in the sport believing to have been misled by the batsman and doubting the legitimacy of his story.
Yet now, after just one appearance back from a four month break where he worked in tandem with the ECB’s medical team and psychologist to ensure a swift return, he has bowed from the limelight yet again.
The difficulty of the decision is said to have led to panic and anxiety attacks, and that the South African born has made the decision for the sake of his own health and safety.
The case has drawn similarities with that of Marcus Trescothick, who called short his international career due to the stresses of the sport and the draining effect the schedule had on his mental strength.
Trott’s career has now been plunged into new doubt, with fears that he may never return to the big stage and represent his country again.
At the time of his initial withdrawal from the setup, coach Andy Flower had admitted Trott was in urgent need of ‘time away from this environment and time with his family.’
The player himself had told the press, "I do not think it is right that I’m playing knowing that I’m not 100 per-cent."
Sports fans will be hoping the break will prove merely temporary, but only time will tell whether the England stalwart rules with his bat again.
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