Jonathan Trott leaves Ashes tour of Australia

Staff Writer

England’s Jonathan Trott has left the Ashes tour of Australia because of a long-standing stress-related condition.

Batsman Trott scored 19 runs in two innings during England’s first test defeat and struggled against the bowling of Mitchell Johnson. “I don’t think it is right that I’m playing knowing that I’m not 100%,” said the 32-year-old.

“He needs time away from this environment and time with his family,” said England coach Andy Flower.

The tourists will play an Australian Chairman’s XI over two days from Friday, before the second Test in Adelaide on 5 December.

Trott scored 10 and 9 in two innings as England suffered a 381-run defeat in the first Test at the Gabba in Brisbane.

“I cannot currently operate at the level I have done in the past,” he added.

“My priority now is to take a break from cricket so that I can focus on my recovery.”