Joint Statement from Warwickshire CCC and the England & Wales Cricket Board
Warwickshire CCC and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have today announced that Jonathan Trott is to take a break from all cricket with immediate effect.
At the completion of the LV=CC match between Warwickshire and Sussex on April 16, 2014 - in which he played - Jonathan experienced a repeat of stress-related symptoms which were diagnosed during England’s Ashes series in Australia in the winter.
Jonathan will now undergo further treatment to assist with his long-term rehabilitation. Both parties confirm that their primary concerns are for Jonathan’s health and well-being, and re-iterate that they will continue to offer him their full support.
Jonathan Trott said: “It was with the best intentions and hope that I returned to cricket with Warwickshire this month. Much to my disappointment, since my first game, I have felt the same anxieties that occurred during my time in Australia.
“It is not fair on my team-mates or myself to continue when I am unable to function at 100 per cent. In order to play at the highest level you have to be at 100 per cent and be able to concentrate fully at all times. Sadly I am unable to do this.
“With this in mind I have decided it is best for all involved that I continue my recovery on the sidelines for the time being. I would like to thank Warwickshire and the ECB for their continued support through this time.”
ECB Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Nick Peirce, said: "Jonathan has had a recurrence of the stress related illness that ruled him out of all cricket this winter from late November onwards. Despite Jonathan wanting to play for Warwickshire from the start of the season having spent time with him yesterday it is clear that he will benefit from a further period away from the game. He will continue with the comprehensive support programme the ECB has put in place to assist his rehabilitation.”
No further comment will be made by ECB, Warwickshire or Jonathan and it is hoped Jonathan will be given the privacy, time and space he needs to make a full recovery.