Warwickshire batsman Jonathan Trott will return to international cricket, as he has been selected to travel with the England Lions on their tour of South Africa this winter.
It is Trott's first call-up since he left England's Ashes tour in 2013 with a 'stress-related illness'.
The 33-year-old played eight County Championship games in 2014, scoring 620 runs at an impressive average of 55.66.
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.
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:
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:
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:
He was also keen to stress though, that the club would not be losing its identity, going on to say that:
The newly-named Bears will open their campaign at home to Yorkshire Vikings on Friday 23 May 2014.
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.
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.
Despite England commitments limiting his availability for Warwickshire, Ian Bell says he remains as determined as ever to contribute towards the club's quest for continued success.
Bell has had few opportunities to represent Warwickshire in recent years because of a hectic international schedule.
He said: "Every time you get the opportunity to pull a Warwickshire shirt on it's a chance to go and do something."
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.