JONATHAN TROTT is taking another break from cricket after suffering the same mental problems that forced him to return home early from the Ashes tour.
The batsman withdrew from England’s disastrous series down under after the first Test in Brisbane with what the ECB described as a ‘stress-related illness’.
He took a four-month break, working with the ECB medical team and a psychologist in an effort to rebuild his career. But after just one County Championship Division One game for Warwickshire, in which he scored 37 and 26 in a losing cause against Sussex, the 32-year-old has stepped away from the game again.
It is understood this has been a far from easy decision for the emotional Trott, but his anxiety levels have been so high that he felt he had to take a break for his own wellbeing.
Senior English cricket sources told the Daily Mail that an announcement is expected in the next 24 hours. Trott was unavailable for comment.
The news will spark fears that the brilliant career of England’s No.3 batsman could be over, but Trott hopes more specialist treatment will enable him to return.
In a recent interview, Trott said he felt he was suffering from ‘burnout’. But a four-month break
has done little to ease the anxiety he appears to be suffering when trying to do his job.
In November, as news broke of Trott leaving the Ashes tour, he said: “I don’t think it is right that I’m playing knowing that I’m not 100 per cent.”
England coach Andy Flower added: “He needs time away from this environment.”
Former England captain Michael Vaughan later criticised Trott after the batsman gave a TV interview which raised questions about the nature of his problem.
“I feel a little bit conned. We were told Jonathan’s problems in Australia were a stress-related illness he had suffered for years,” Vaughan wrote in a newspaper article.
“We were allowed to believe he was struggling with a serious mental health issue and treated him with sensitivity and sympathy. He was obviously not in a great place but he was struggling for cricketing reasons and not mental, and there is a massive difference.”
Trott played in all five Tests when England beat Australia last summer, averaging 29. He was then dismissed for 10 and nine during the first Test defeat at the Gabba.
“I cannot operate at the level I have done in the past,” said Trott on his return from Brisbane.
“My priority now is to focus on my recovery.”