Bell: Watching Trott's struggle was hard

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England batsman Ian Bell has spoken out about his friend and Warwickshire team-mate Jonathan Trott's departure from the Ashes tour, saying it was difficult to watch the England number three struggle with stress.

England batsman Ian Bell has spoken out about his friend and Warwickshire team-mate Jonathan Trott's departure from the Ashes tour, saying it was difficult to watch the England number three struggle with stress.

Trott left the tour after the first Test, citing a stress-related illness, and Bell said the other players would miss his influence on and off the field, and were all hoping for a swift recovery as a person, more than a return to the middle.

Bell said of his long-time team-mate and friend in <i>The Independent</i>: "We've enjoyed each other's successes and mourned each other's failures. We have, in many ways, grown up together.

"So, to see him struggle has been hard. He has been a key part of this England team for a long time and he is a player we have relied upon to provide match-defining innings in tough situations again and again.

"He has, so often, been the man who has set up our totals and seen off the bowlers at their freshest and the ball at its hardest. Of course we will miss a player like that. But this isn't about cricket.

"There's much more to life than sport and all any of us hope for is to see Trotty back on the cricket pitch with a smile on his face again."

The batsman also wrote about his own lean patches, saying he was never tempted to walk away, and credited the ECB with setting up coping mechanisms that help most players, those not prone to further troubles.

He added: "Trotty's return home has invited the question whether I ever thought about turning my back on cricket in bad times, even if just for the briefest moment.

"I can honestly say I haven't. I've wanted to be a cricketer since I was a boy and that hasn't changed. There are times it has been hard and I couldn't buy a run, but I have never wanted to stop.

"I suspect that everyone who has played cricket knows what it's like to go through a patch of bad form. It's part of the cycle of the game.

"I have, I think, toured for at least part of every winter since I was 16 and there are times when that is hard. But you work out ways to cope and these days we are well supported."

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