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Jonathan Trott selected for international cricket

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.

Trott in action for Warwickshire Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.


Trott: Continuing 'not fair on my team-mates'

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.

– Jonathan Trott

Reports: Trott to take second break from cricket

Trott in action for Warwickshire in a pre-season friendly Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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 Captain to undergo back surgery

Jim Troughton, in action batting for Warwickshire Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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."


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.

Bell still hungry for Warwickshire success despite international duties

England's Ian Bell bats during day four of the Third Test match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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."

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