Sydney - England's Jonathan Trott has left the Ashes tour of Australia with a
"stress-related illness", officials said Monday, after he was targeted
during their huge defeat in a spiteful first Test.
departure, which echoes a situation involving Marcus Trescothick in
2006-2007, comes after Trott made disappointing scores of 10 and nine in
the game in Brisbane which England lost by 381 runs.
was blasted as "poor and weak" by Australia's David Warner during a
bad-tempered game, which also saw home captain Michael Clarke fined for
warning tail-end batsman James Anderson to "get ready for a broken
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said
Trott, 32, would take an indefinite break from cricket and would not be
returning to the five-Test tour.
"Jonathan Trott has returned from England's current tour of Australia with a stress-related illness," an ECB tweet said.
will take a break from cricket for the foreseeable future and will take
no further part in the tour... Trott's return to cricket will be
determined in due course."
Trott has been a stalwart of the
England team, accumulating 3,763 runs at an average of 46.45 in his 49
Tests, but he was dismissed tamely in both innings by fiery paceman
In brief comments released by the ECB, Trott did not give any details but said he could not play on in his current condition.
don't feel it's right that I'm playing knowing that I'm not 100
percent. I cannot currently operate at the level I have done in the
past," he said.
"My priority now is to take a break from cricket so that I can focus on my recovery."
England opener Trescothick, who left the 2006-2007 Ashes tour and was
finally forced to quit international cricket because of depression,
called it "sad news".
"I suffer from depression and it is a
horrible, lonely place... the man needs help and support...he is very
brave," tweeted Trescothick.
Trott's departure adds to dramatic
fall-out from the first Test after Australia's Clarke was fined 20
percent of his match fee for his barb at Anderson.
Warner admitted he "probably went a little bit too far" with his
comments which suggested Trott and other England batsmen were frightened
by the fast bowling.
The remarks were slammed as "disrespectful" by England skipper Alastair Cook.
made those comments for a reason," Warner told reporters at Brisbane
airport. "Look, yesterday, the bounce and pace got to them again.
is Ashes cricket. Probably went a little bit too far with the comments,
but it's cricket and now it's in the back of their mind."
coach Andy Flower said Trott's decision was not directly related to
Warner, adding that he had been suffering the condition for some time.
But he also criticised the outspoken Warner, saying he had got the situation "horribly wrong".
been on tour for a month and he (Trott) has had his ups and downs and
it is not directly related," Flower said of Warner's insults.
will also say that players commenting about fellow professionals in the
media is disrespectful and on this occasion he (Warner) has got that
"We set different standards and one of the reasons
we don't like comments in the media about opposition players is that we
don't know what is going on in their dressing room or their private
Australia have lost the last three Ashes series but they
came out fired-up at Brisbane's Gabba ground, where they are unbeaten in
Coach Darren Lehmann, who earlier urged fans to target
England's Stuart Broad over an incident in the last Ashes series, has
said he backed the tough tactics.
"I like them playing hard cricket. I like our boys being aggressive without crossing the line," he said.