Trott leaves Ashes tour due to stress

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The England and Wales Cricket Board have announced that batsman Jonathan Trott has left the Ashes tour of Australia with a stress-related illness.

The England and Wales Cricket Board have announced that batsman Jonathan Trott has left the Ashes tour of Australia with a stress-related illness.

Trott managed weak scores of 10 and nine in the first Test at the Gabba, where the tourists slumped to a 381-run defeat inside four days, and will not return for the remainder of the five-match series.

The South African-born Trott left Brisbane on Monday, after seeking permission to do so from head coach Andy Flower and ECB managing director Hugh Morris.

"I don't feel it is right that I'm playing knowing that I'm not 100 percent and I cannot currently operate at the level I have done in the past," said Trott.

"My priority now is to take a break from cricket so that I can focus on my recovery. I want to wish my team mates all the very best for the remainder of the tour."

The second Test will get underway at the Adelaide Oval on 5 December. The WACA in Perth, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Sydney Cricket Ground will host matches three, four and five respectively.

"Trott has been struggling with a stress-related conditions for some time and has managed it very successfully. He's been a brilliant international batsman for England and hopefully will continue to be a brilliant international batsman for England in the future," added Flower.

"But he needs time away from this environment for a while, time with his family, time to reassess and spend some quiet time with his family. This isn't the type of environment for that type of rest and recuperation that he requires."

The right-handed Trott has amassed 3763 runs in 49 Test matches at an impressive average of 46.45, including nine centuries – three against the Aussies. May 2010 brought a career-best 226 against Bangladesh at Lord's.

"Jonathan is an incredibly talented cricketer who has proven himself time and again for England. The cricket side of things is unimportant now, all that matters is that Jonathan is given the time, support and space he needs to recover," concluded Morris.

"We fully support his decision to leave the tour and the ECB will provide all the assistance we can to help Jonathan and his family through this period. Jonathan has asked for privacy while he recovers and I would urge everyone to respect that."

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