Former England international, Jonathan Trott, has made giant strides towards playing competitive cricket again after turning out for Warwickshire in a friendly, reports BBC Sport.
After experiencing a tough and testing stage of his life, the Ashes winner returned to a cricket field for the first time in five weeks to play in a friendly against Shropshire.
The South African-born batsman has been an integral part of England’s success over the past five years, but he returned home early during last winter’s Ashes in Australia.
A stress-related condition was revealed as the reason behind his premature departure, but there have been fears that Trott’s cricketing career could be coming to an end.
Having had a setback down under, the 32-year-old was keen to concentrate on his first-class game with Warwickshire.
He competed in two games for the Bears, including the team’s opening game of the County Championship season against Sussex. Trott scored 37 and 26 in that match, but then felt as though he needed another break from the sport.
But on Wednesday, he decided that he was ready to once again cross the boundary rope. Shropshire were the opponents, and they could do little to prevent a 97-run loss to the first-class county.
Trott fielded for the entirety of the Shropshire innings in the T20 match.
This return could be a significant step towards Trott gaining the confidence and comfort to comeback for Warwickshire at a first-class standard.
Throughout his 49 Tests for England, the batsman has scored 3,763 runs at an average above 45 and has been an ever-present through some of the side’s most successful years.
He was part of the team that took England to the number one Test ranking in the world with victory over India in 2011 and always seemed to have a calming and assured presence at the crease.
The feelings of anxiety experienced by Trott are reminiscent of those felt by Marcus Trescothick. In the case of the Somerset captain, he never managed to make a full return to the international stage.
It is hoped that it won’t be the same for Trott – whose maturity in the middle order would be a real asset for England, especially during the transitional period the team currently find themselves in.
Trott continues to receive support from a comprehensive ECB support programme, which is designed to help his rehabilitation. Starting off with Shropshire, hopefully it won’t be long before we see the Warwickshire batsman back in action in the County Champiomship.
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