Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Trott Hailed for Taking the 'Brave' Decision to Return

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Trott Hailed for Taking the 'Brave' Decision to Return

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JONATHAN Trott has taken a brave step in leaving England's Ashes tour to battle a stress-related illness, according to Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA) boss Angus Porter.

Warwickshire batsman Trott was right to treat his condition just like an injury, and seek medical help, said the PCA chief executive.

Australia batsman David Warner branded Trott "weak" and said England were scared of fast bowling as Alastair Cook's side lost the opening Ashes Test in Brisbane.

But Porter said those comments had no bearing on an illness Trott was already fighting.

He said: "This does require bravery, admitting to a problem very publicly and leaving a tour and teammates, that's the brave thing to do. "It would have been much easier in many ways to plough on, and not address the problem, and maybe that's what people would have done 10 or 20 years ago and we'd never have known why they performed badly.

"At least we've grown up to the point that people acknowledge just as you shouldn't play on with a knee injury you shouldn't play on with a brain injury - you should seek treatment and get yourself right for the future.

"This problem wasn't caused by an Aussie player sledging Jonathan on the pitch, or indeed by anything that was said in a Press conference.

"This is a serious illness relating probably to chemical imbalances in the brain.

"So it's not something that's been triggered by a recent event.

"From a cricketing point of view we would want to give Jonathan and his family the time, space and privacy to get on and address the problem."

Porter said England will initially lead Trott's treatment, with the PCA ready to offer help at any stage.

Marcus Trescothick left England's tour of India in 2006 in similar circumstances, and Porter said the Somerset batsman's honesty in discussing that situation has helped cricketers confront mental illness.

He said: "It's ground we've covered before. …

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