Trott leaves Ashes due to stress

England batsman Jonathan Trott has left the Ashes tour in Australia due to stress.

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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.

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