Warwickshire's Jonathan Trott is out of the rest of the Ashes series in Australia. He flew home at the end of the first test in Brisbane, with what is being described as a long-term, stress-related illness.
Trott has been one of England's most important batsman in recent years, but he has come in for heavy criticism in Australia, getting just 19 runs in two innings as England collapsed to a 381 run defeat over the weekend.
He will be taking a break from the game, and the management at Warwickshire have said Trott has their full support. He also received the support today of former England players including the ex-Leicestershire captain Matthew Hoggard.
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.
Jonathan Trott has taken a brave step in leaving England's Ashes tour to battle a stress-related illness, the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA) have said.
The PCA chief executive Angus Porter said: "This does require bravery, admitting to a problem very publicly and leaving a tour and team-mates, that's the brave thing to do.
"It would have been much easier in many ways to plough on, and not address the problem, and maybe that's what people would have done 10 or 20 years ago and we'd never have known why they performed badly.
"At least we've grown up to the point that people acknowledge just as you shouldn't play on with a knee injury you shouldn't play on with a brain injury - you should seek treatment and get yourself right for the future."
Warwickshire all-rounder, Jonathan Trott, has left England's tour of Australia with a stress-related condition.
Dougie Brown, Director of Cricket at Warwickshire CCC, said: “Jonathan’s health and well-being is obviously our utmost priority during this period. He is an outstanding cricketer and the Warwickshire squad will give its full support to him and his family over the next few weeks.”
Former England captain Nasser Hussain says he expects the sledging to continue in the Ashes series despite Jonathan Trott's departure with a stress-related illness.
Trott was described as "poor and weak" by Australia's David Warner after the batsman struggled in the opening test.
"I don't expect the other sledging to die down too much at all - this is an Ashes battle and it will continue to be an Ashes battle. I don't expect it to be played any differently," Hussain told Sky Sports.
The opening week of the Ashes series has been especially heated, with with Australia captain Michael Clarke warning England tailender James Anderson to "get ready for a broken f****** **arm" as he prepared to bat, a comment which has landed Clarke a hefty fine.
Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan has admitted he feels guilty for criticising Jonathan Trott's performance in the opening Ashes test after it was revealed the England batsman was struggling with a stress-related illness.
Former England cricketer Marcus Trescothick has said there should not be too much emphasis on the reasons why Jonathan Trott has left the Ashes tour, insisting there should be a focus on Trott's well-being instead.