Former England cricketer Matthew Hoggard has spoken of the pressures cricketers are under while on tour after the news batsman Jonathan Trott has left the Ashes tour in Australia due to a stress-related illness.
He added: "It takes a big man to come out and admit that he is struggling and he needs some help."
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.
"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."
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.
"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.
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.
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.
Jonathan Trott's decision to return home from the Ashes were not influenced by David Warner's comments that his display was "poor and weak".
Australia's David Warner described Jonathan Trott as "poor and weak" after the batsman struggled against the bowling of Mitchell Johnson in the opening Ashes Test.
When asked if Warner's comments had had a direct influence on Trott's exit, Andy Flower said: "That would be inaccurate. As I said earlier, Jonathan has been struggling with this condition for quite a while and has managed it very successfully but we've been on tour for about a month.
"He's had his ups and downs through that month and it is not directly related to that."
However, Flower did describe the comments as "disrespectful".
Jonathan Trott needs "time, support and space" to recover from his stress-related condition, the Managing Director of England Cricket has said.
“Jonathan Trott is an incredibly talented cricketer who has proven himself time and again for England. The cricket side of things is unimportant now, all that matters is that Jonathan is given the time, support and space he needs to recover," Hugh Morris said.
"We fully support his decision to leave the tour and the ECB will provide all the assistance we can to help Jonathan and his family through this period. Jonathan has asked for privacy while he recovers and I would urge everyone to respect that.”