Players and fans come to the English batsman’s aid via social media.
Jonathan Trott has returned from England’s current tour of Australia with a stress related illness. The England batsman will take a break from cricket for the foreseeable future and will take no further part in the tour.
Trott’s return to cricket will determined in due course.
Jonathan Trott said: “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. 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.”
Hugh Morris, Managing Director England Cricket, said: “Jonathan Trott is an incredibly talented cricketer who has proven himself time and again for England.
“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.”
Feeling for Jonathan Trott. I hope he and his family are left alone by all media & he’s able to recover quickly & return to the Eng team !
— Shane Warne (@warne888) November 25, 2013
Really feel for Jonathan Trott people don’t realise the pressure on international cricketers really hope he gets the support he needs — Hayley Trescothick (@ElsMils) November 25, 2013
— Paul Collingwood (@Colly622) November 25, 2013
Let’s not start pointing to many fingers at the reason why and how, let’s just think about the man in the mist of it all
— Marcus Trescothick (@Trescricket) November 25, 2013
And perhaps the most worrying tweet in recent weeks came from Trott himself when he retweeted the details for a suicide help line.
Every 43 seconds someone attempts suicide. The Suicide hotline: 1-800-784-2433. Retweet & save a life.
— Interesting Facts (@neverknownfacts) October 31, 2013