Ashes 2013-14: England heartbroken by Trott exit, reveals Broad

Ashes 2013-14: Stuart Broad admits England are heartbroken to lose batsman Jonathan Trott for the rest of the Ashes series

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Stuart Broad
England bowler Stuart Broad Photo: The Sport Review

Stuart Broad has admitted England are heartbroken to lose Jonathan Trott for the remainder of the Ashes in Australia.

The 33-year-old batsman left the squad on Monday after England team director Andy Flower revealed Trott had been contending with a stress-related illness for “quite a while”.

Trott managed to produce just 19 runs in England’s emphatic 351-run first Test defeat at the Gabba, and Broad backed his team-mate’s decision to recover away from the sport.

“We can do 270 or 280 nights a year in hotel rooms, which can get quite hard,” Broad told BBC Radio 5 live.

“The most important thing is that players recover and get right again.”

He added: “It’s heartbreaking for us to lose Trotty. He’s been part of the side for four or five years – he’s a fantastic guy. He gave us a lot of solidity in the number three spot.

“I don’t suppose as a squad we were overly aware of the troubles he had.

“But it all turns to making sure he gets right now. The important thing is he’s got the support of the changing room he’s played with for 49 Tests.”

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