England’s calamitous start to the Ashes continued on Monday when batsman Jonathan Trott walked out on the squad with a stress-related illness which ruled him out of the remainder of the series Down Under.
The day after England were thrashed in the first Test, the ECB issued a statement saying Trott was taking a break from cricket for the “foreseeable future”.
Since breaking into the test side in 2009 Trott has built a reputation as a reliable and resilient number three but he appeared to have been targetted as a potential weakness by the Australians ahead of the current series.
He was bounced out by pace bowler Mitchell Johnson for scores of 10 and nine at the Gabba and the home side’s opener David Warner described his second innings dismissal as “weak”.
“I don’t feel it is right that I’m playing knowing that I’m not 100% and I can’t currently operate at the level I have done in the past,” South Africa-born Trott, who made his test debut against Australia, said in a statement, having already flown out of the country.
ECB managing director Hugh Morris said Trott would be given “support and space” in his recovery. “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,” he said in a statement.
“Jonathan has asked for privacy while he recovers and I would urge everyone to respect that.”