Former boxing champion supports Trott

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Former world heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno has empathised with England batsman Jonathan Trott, who recently left the Ashes tour due to a stress-related illness.

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno has empathised with England batsman Jonathan Trott, who recently left the Ashes tour due to a stress-related illness.

Trott returned to the United Kingdom shortly after a heavy 381-run defeat in the first Test in Brisbane and Bruno, who was sectioned under the Mental Health Act in 2003 and was later diagnosed as having bipolar disorder, has offered support.

"It is brave of him to come out and say he is suffering from mental health. All different people are under pressure and people react to pressure differently," Bruno told <i>BBC 5 Live's Sportsweek</i>.

"Sometimes when they are under pressure it can bring out depression, manic depression, bipolar disorder, all different things. It can affect anyone in life. It's how you handle it. It's a sad whole situation, depression.

"The mind is a very powerful thing, and it's not nice sometimes. You go into a deep hole, you feel down, you don't want to get out of bed, you feel lazy, lethargic, you don't want to talk to anyone.

"It's a horrible place to be. I am talking from experience. I would say to him to look after himself, get some therapy and talk to the right sort of people that can help him get out of it. Every sportsman is a fighter.

The second Test will get underway at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday. Perth, Melbourne and Sydney will host fixtures three, four and five respectively.

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