Trott takes immediate break from all cricket

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England and Warwickshire batsman Jonathan Trott has announced that he will step away from all cricket with immediate effect, citing a recurrence of the stress-related illness that plagued him ahead of, and during, the Australian Ashes.

England and Warwickshire batsman Jonathan Trott has announced that he will step away from all cricket with immediate effect, citing a recurrence of the stress-related illness that plagued him ahead of, and during, the Australian Ashes.

Trott left the Ashes tour after the first Test in November last year, and made his return to the game earlier this month for Warks. He had said upon his return that he wasn't depressed but rather had 'burn-out'. Pundits, including Michael Vaughan, then accused him of lying about his condition.

But he has seemingly now resigned himself to a longer recovery from an 'anxiety' situation, saying it wasn't fair on his team-mates if he couldn't play with full mental health. It also, obviously, ruled out any talk of a return for England.

The ECB said: "Jonathan will now undergo further treatment to assist with his long-term rehabilitation. Both parties confirm that their primary concerns are for Jonathan's health and well-being, and re-iterate that they will continue to offer him their full support."

Trott's statement read: "It was with the best intentions and hope that I returned to cricket with Warwickshire this month. Much to my disappointment, since my first game, I have felt the same anxieties that occurred during my time in Australia.

"It is not fair on my team-mates or myself to continue when I am unable to function at 100 per cent. In order to play at the highest level you have to be at 100 per cent and be able to concentrate fully at all times. Sadly I am unable to do this.

"With this in mind I have decided it is best for all involved that I continue my recovery on the sidelines for the time being. I would like to thank Warwickshire and the ECB for their continued support through this time."

ECB Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Nick Pierce, said: "Jonathan has had a recurrence of the stress related illness that ruled him out of all cricket this winter from late November onwards.

"Despite Jonathan wanting to play for Warwickshire from the start of the season, having spent time with him yesterday it is clear that he will benefit from a further period away from the game.

"He will continue with the comprehensive support programme the ECB has put in place to assist his rehabilitation."

The ECB then added: "No further comment will be made by ECB, Warwickshire or Jonathan and it is hoped Jonathan will be given the privacy, time and space he needs to make a full recovery."

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