Jonathan Trott has left England’s Ashes tour because of a stress-related illness.
England’s number three batsman has endured an ongoing battle with the illness for some time and is to take a break from cricket for the “foreseeable future”, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.
Hugh Morris, managing director of England cricket, said: “The cricket side of things is unimportant now, all that matters is that Jonathan is given the time, support and space he needs to recover.
“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.
“Jonathan has asked for privacy while he recovers, and I would urge everyone to respect that.”
Trott, 32, had a difficult first Ashes Test at the Gabba - twice falling cheaply to Mitchell Johnson - and his batting was subsequently described as “poor” and “weak” by Australia opener David Warner.
England have no plans at this stage to replace Trott in their squad.
Trott himself said: “I don’t feel it is right that I’m playing knowing that I’m not 100 per cent and I cannot currently operate on the level that 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 revealed that Trott has been struggling with the illness for some time and that he will now spend time with his family.
“Trotty has been suffering from a stress-related condition for quite a while,” he told a press conference televised by Sky Sports News.
“He’s always managed it very successfully and he’s been a brilliant international batsman for England and hopefully will continue to be a brilliant international batsman for England in the future.
“But he needs time away from this environment for a while, he needs time with his family, he needs time to reassess and spend some time with his family.
“This isn’t the type of environment for that type of rest and recuperation that he requires.”
This is not the first time an England player has left a tour with a stress-related illness, with opening batsman Marcus Trescothick returning home from India in 2006.
Michael Yardy also returned home from the World Cup in 2011 after suffering from depression.
Flower insisted that Warner’s comments were not a factor in Trott’s decision to return home but labelled the opener’s outburst as “disrespectful”.
When asked if Warner’s comments had a direct influence on Trott’s exit, Flower said: “That would be inaccurate.
“As I said earlier, Jonathan has been struggling with this condition for quite a while and has managed it very successfully but we’ve been on tour for about a month.
“He’s had his ups and downs through that month and it is not directly related to that.
“I would also say that I think players commenting about fellow professionals in the media is disrespectful.
“I think on this occasion he has got that horribly wrong.
“I think we set different standards to that and one of the reasons we don’t like commenting about opposition players is because we don’t know what is going on their dressing room, we don’t know what is going on in their private lives.”
Flower expressed his confidence that Trott would return to the England fold after his spell of recuperation.
“Jonathan has had a very successful international batting career so far,” he said.
“He has managed himself and this condition throughout that time.
“We have systems in place and personnel in place to support our squad members that might have struggled in different areas and those systems and those individuals have always dealt with these situations very successfully.
“We had high hopes that Trotty would have a great tour and it hasn’t worked out that way. Hopefully he will come back stronger in the future.
“He has to have this time away. He has to recuperate. I’ve got the utmost respect for Jonathan Trott as a man and as a cricketer.
“I’m very thankful that I’ve been coach while he’s been playing, not least because he’s been a brilliant number three batsman for us.
“He’s a great guy to spend time with, he’s also a strong man and I am fairly confident he can come back from this.
“But it wouldn’t be the end of the world if he didn’t. He can be very proud of everything that he has done.”