Ashes 2013-14: England’s Jonathan Trott ruled out of series
Ashes 2013-14: England's Jonathan Trott is set to miss the rest of the series and return to the UK due to a stress-related illness
Jonathan Trott has returned from England’s current tour of Australia due to a stress-related illness, the ECB have confirmed.
The England batsman will take a break from cricket for the foreseeable future and will take no further part in the tour, with his return to be determined in due course.
The 32-year-old was branded “poor and weak” by Australia’s David Warner after he struggled in the first Test in the face of Mitchell Johnson’s excellent bowling, scoring a total of 19 runs in Brisbane.
A statement from Trott read: “I don’t feel it is right that I’m playing knowing that I’m not 100 per cent and I cannot currently operate at the level I have done in the past.
“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.”
England team director Andy Flower criticised Warner for his remarks about Trott, revealing the batsmen had been managing the illness for “quite a while”.
“Jonathan has been struggling with this condition for quite a while,” said Flower.
“We have been on tour for about a month and he has had his ups and downs through that month and it is not directly related to that.
“I would also say players commenting to fellow professionals in the media is disrespectful and I think on this occasion he [Warner] has got that horribly wrong.”