The Ashes 2014 Jonathan Trott Leaves Tour
Unlike other sportsmen who get to spend a lot of time away from the field, Cricketers don’t get much of a break from their jobs and the demands on international cricketers in particular can leave some to retire early and others to crack under the pressure. Thankfully for England, Jonathan Trott has seen the signs and decided to return home after the first Ashes test.
England’s coach Andy Flower has described Trott’s departure from the Ashes as the result of a “stress related injury”. The player told press, “I don’t feel it is right that I’m playing knowing that I’m not 100% and I cannot currently operate at the level I have done in the past,” adding that his priority 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.”
The Australian press, who are hard on the tourists in the best of times, are claiming that the departure was the result of technical issues that Mitchell Johnson exposed during the Brisbane test, but England’s coach played that down. He told press that blaming Trott’s departure on his dismissals in the opening test would be “inaccurate” and added that David Warner’s comments about Trott were “disrespectful”. He didn’t defend his player but attack Warner by saying, “one of the reasons we don’t like commenting about opposition players is because we don’t know what is going on in their dressing room; we don’t know what is going on in their private lives.”
Walking away from an international cricket series is a risk for the player who has been out of form for some time now. He remains an automatic pick for the selectors, but this action must throw a cloud over his international future and could create the sort of pressure that he is trying to recover from.