Trott leaves Ashes Tour

England batsman Jonathan Trott has left the Ashes tour of Australia with a stress-related illness, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

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Hoggard: Trott a 'big man' to admit he is struggling

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.


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Psychologist: Media spotlight inevitably increases stress

Performing elite sport in the heat of the media will inevitably increase the stress levels of an individual, a leading sports psychiatrist has said.

England batsman Jonathan Trott was forced to leave the Ashes tour in Australia with a stress-related illness.

England's Jonathan Trott leaves the field after struggling in the opening Ashes Test Credit: PA Wire

Speaking to ITV News, Dr Philip Hopley, from LPP Consulting, said: "Performing elite sport in the heat of the media is inevitably is going to increase the stress levels of an individual.

"Quite often people manifesting signs of stress, their self-belief and self-confidence can be undermined impacting on performance."

While unaware of the exact details of the case, Dr Hopley said it was highly likely that the decision to leave the tour was taken in conjunction with medical professionals.

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Jonathan Trott has taken a 'brave step' in leaving tour

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.

England's Jonathan Trott has taken a break from cricket for the "foreseeable future" Credit: PA Wire

"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."

Echoing the thoughts of Andy Flower, Porter said comments made by Australia's David Warner had no bearing on the illness Trott was already battling.

Warwickshire offers 'full support' to Trott

Trott has left the Ashes tour Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.”

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Ashes 'sledging won't stop' despite Trott withdrawal

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.

England's former captain Nasser Hussain has expressed his shock at news of Trott's exit Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

"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.

The Brisbane press have also continued to attack England's cricketers, labelling Stuart Broad a "smug Pommie cheat" and criticising Kevin Pietersen's "arrogant" nature.


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Trott 'definitely' made right decision to leave Ashes

Marcus Trescothick believes England batsman Jonathan Trott "definitely" made the correct decision to leave the Ashes tour with a stress-related illness on Monday.

Trott has been struggling with an ongoing battle with the stress-related illness for some time and announced he was taking a break from cricket for the "foreseeable future".

Trescothick admitted he can sympathise with Trott as he left the 2005-06 India tour and the 2006-07 Ashes tour of Australia due to a similar situation.

Marcus Trescothick said he can sympathise with Jonathan Trott Credit: PA Wire

"You just can't take any more, you just can't get through the day let alone go out there and play a Test match and win a Test match. I sympathise with Trotty," Trescothick told Sky Sports.

The former England batsman believes the atmosphere during an Ashes series in Australia can bring an enormous amount of pressure and scrutiny:

"It's a very, very hostile environment in Australia when the whole of the country is battering you left, right and centre."

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Michael Vaughan feels 'guilty' for criticising Trott

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.

Vaughan described Jonathan Trott's performance in the second innings of the first test at the Gabba as among the "worst I have seen from an England No.3".

England Managing Director Andy Flower earlier said Trott's exit was not influenced by criticism of his display.

Sportspeople wish Jonathan Trott well

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Trescothick: 'Let's not start pointing too many fingers'

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.

It was announced this morning that Trott had left the Ashes tour of Australia with a stress-related illness.

Trescothick left a tour of India in 2006 with a stress-related illness.

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