Cook: No rush for recovering Trott's return

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England captain Alastair Cook is hopeful that batsman Jonathan Trott will return to the England side in future, but adds that nothing should be done to rush the Warwickshire man back to the middle.

England captain Alastair Cook is hopeful that batsman Jonathan Trott will return to the England side in future, but adds that nothing should be done to rush the Warwickshire man back to the middle.

Trott left the Ashes tour due to a stress-related illness and is not scheduled to return, but Cook is hoping that unlike Marcus Trescothick, who did not return to the England side, Trott will be able to recover enough to play again.

The skipper said optimistically: "We all understand he's got a long journey back. But I don't see any reason why he couldn't play for England again.

"If he comes back for Warwickshire and scores a lot of runs, we would love to have him back. He's a class player. We've all seen it. But it's important that we give him a little bit of time and space away from the pressure of playing international cricket.

"We'd love to have him back but he's got to make sure he's ready and let's not put any time pressure on him. We all wish him all the luck in the world."

Cook revealed that this wasn't the first time Trott had battled with stress or depression, and that the skipper himself couldn't relate to it as such, but hoped that the situation gave people a bit of insight and empathy.

He added: "It's horrible seeing what he's gone through on the last couple of weeks on this tour. Throughout his career, he has struggled at certain times.

"He's shown a huge amount of character to perform as he has done for England in 49 Tests. He has been outstanding for us at number three.

"I haven't had to fight the same kind of stuff as Trotty, so I appreciate I'm lucky in that sense. It can get tough: that's why it's called Test cricket.

"There's a lot of tough moments. I've been lucky that I've at certain times found a score, which has relieved the pressure on my place.

"It is important to have a sense of reality. Seeing what Trotty has gone through has given people a bit of that. You realise that it was a tough defeat in Brisbane but someone else is having it a lot worse than we were having it."

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