Jonathan Trott says continuing to play cricket would not be fair on his team-mates, while he recovers from a stress-related illness.
The Warwickshire and England batsman had returned to action for his county after coming home early from England's tour of Australia this winter, due to anxiety problems.
It was with the best intentions and hope that I returned to cricket with Warwickshire this month. Much to my disappointment, since my first game, I have felt the same anxieties that occurred during my time in Australia.
It is not fair on my team-mates or myself to continue when I am unable to function at 100%. In order to play at the highest level you have to be at 100% and be able to concentrate fully at all times. Sadly I am unable to do this.
With this in mind I have decided it is best for all involved that I continue my recovery on the sidelines for the time being. I would like to thank Warwickshire and the ECB for their continued support through this time.
England batsman Jonathan Trott will take an indefinite break from all cricket after suffering a repeat of the stress-related illness which forced his early departure from the 2013-14 Ashes series, the England and Wales Cricket Board and his county Warwickshire have jointly announced.
England and Warwickshire cricketer, Jonathan Trott, is to take a break from competitive cricket for a second time in five months, due to a stress-related illness, according to reports on Thursday evening.
The Daily Mail reports the 32-year-old will take a break to deal with his situation.
He left the Ashes tour in November after the first Test, and Australia went on to whitewash England 5-0 in the series.
Trott has started the season with Warwickshire, and played in the County Championship match against Sussex this week.
Warwickshire County Cricket Club Captain, Jim Troughton, will be ruled out of a pre-season tour to Barbados after undergoing a back operation next week.
Director of Cricket at Warwickshire, Dougie Brown, said:
"After missing the latter part of the 2013 season with an injury to his lower back, Jim has been taking a full part in the team’s pre-season programme since we returned to training in November. However after suffering further discomfort it is clear that he now needs to undergo an operation...
... Whilst it is frustrating to lose Jim, we must give him the best possible chance of regaining full fitness as soon as possible. His absence will give some of our young batsmen more time in the middle whilst we are in Barbados and help them challenge for a place in the starting eleven."
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.
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.
Warwickshire County Cricket Club have signed 21-year-old batsmen Freddie Coleman on a Summer contract following his graduation from the Club’s Academy ranks.
Freddie, who is also on a retainer contract with Cricket Scotland, is currently studying at Oxford Brooks University and joined the Bears set-up five years ago following a trial with the Club.
“We’ve got a close relationship with Cricket Scotland and they suggested that we take a closer look at Freddie because he has many of the attributes to achieve success at the top level; ability, temperament, good team man and he’s prepared to work very hard."
– Dougie Brown, Director of Cricket at Warwickshire CCC