Trott return not imminent

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England batsman Jonathan Trott is making "encouraging" progress – but isn't likely to return to first-class cricket this month.

England batsman Jonathan Trott is making "encouraging" progress – but isn't likely to return to first-class cricket this month.

Trott left the tour of Australia after the first Test late last year due to a stress-related illness – and recently attempted a comeback for Warwickshire in the County Championship.

The 33-year-old Trott, however, only managed one appearance – against Derbyshire – before opting to sideline himself again. While steady innings of 36 and 27 promised plenty, the batsman certainly won't be available for the Test series against Sri Lanka in June.

"We had a good chat and we know where he is at and all I can say is what we spoke about is very encouraging," said Warwickshire coach Dougie Brown. "Let's just see where he is at.

"He is dealing with something that has been ongoing for a while and the last thing I want just because he is back in the dressing room is it turning into a circus.

"I would really like it to be understated, for him to do what he needs to do to get back into cricket and for people to leave him to do that."

The English and Sri Lankans will clash for a one-off Twenty20 Internationals, five ODIs and two Tests. Lord's in London will host the first Test and Headingley in Leeds the second.

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