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Bears can unite city with t20 final to look forward to

The newly-named Birmingham Bears can help bring the local communities together, says Councillor Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council:

The Birmingham Bears t20 team is an incredibly exciting proposition that can unite sports fans across the city on Friday evenings next summer... I’m looking forward to seeing people get behind the Bears and hopefully roar them on to a Finals Day at Edgbaston in August.

Edgbaston is currently the home of the NatWest t20 Blast Finals Day for the next three summers, with the event scheduled to be staged on the Birmingham Bears home-turf in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Neil Rami, Chief Executive of Marketing Birmingham added:

Birmingham has a reputation for hosting some of the most compelling tournaments in sport... About a quarter of our visitors come here because they are attending or participating in a sports event... The new t20 matches will provide another opportunity to showcase both the revamped stadium and the city as a whole.

Warwickshire CCC will not lose identity says chief

After the announcement that Warwickshire County Cricket Club's t20 side will be known as the Birmingham Bears for next years t20 Blast tournament, Chief Executive Colin Povey, says the club are looking to entice a wider audience:

Birmingham and Edgbaston has been the Club’s home since 1886 and we believe that adopting the Birmingham Bears name for the NatWest t20 Blast presents a great opportunity for us to engage even more closely with fans living and working at the heart of the City

He was also keen to stress though, that the club would not be losing its identity, going on to say that:

Despite our t20 name change, we will continue to maintain the proud history of the Club and play under the Warwickshire banner in the other two more traditional formats.

The newly-named Bears will open their campaign at home to Yorkshire Vikings on Friday 23 May 2014.


Birmingham Bears is new name for Warwickshire in t20

Warwickshire County Cricket Club have confirmed that its team in next season’s Natwest t20 Blast tournament will be known as the Birmingham Bears.

The name in previous years for the county’s one-day team has been the Warwickshire Bears.

Edgbaston Cricket Ground Credit: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

The side with the new name will play seven t20 tournament matches at Edgbaston, five of which will be Friday evenings..

Their 2014 campaign will begin at home to Yorkshire Vikings on Friday May 23.

Edgbaston is also set to host the tournament finals day in August.

Read more: Nottinghamshire win 2013 t20 tournament at Edgbaston

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.

Read more on Trott's departure from the Ashes Tour.


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.

Read: Psychologist: Media spotlight inevitably increases stress


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.”


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.


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.

Read: Trott 'definitely' made right decision to leave Ashes


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.


I do feel guilty for criticising Trott this week .. I wasn't to know what he was going through and I can only comment on what I see ...

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.

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