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Jonathan Trott struggles to make his mark on comeback

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Jonathan Trott had told that he suffered from burnout in Australia © Getty Images

London: Apr 2, 2014

England batsman Jonathan Trott could only make four on his return to cricket on Tuesday and once again it was a left-arm seamer who proved his undoing.

When Trott quit what turned out to be a 5-0 Ashes thrashing by Australia after twice falling cheaply to fast bowler Mitchell Johnson in the first Test in Brisbane, England officials said he was suffering from a “stress-related illness”.

In his first innings since that match it was another left-armer, Gloucestershire’s David Payne, who struck Tuesday during a two-day friendly match at Trott’s Warwickshire home ground.

Trott got of the mark with a trademark clip past midwicket for two off Payne but managed only two more scoring shots from 19 balls spanning 40 minutes before he shouldered arms to an inswinger and was lbw playing no stroke.

Warwickshire stand-in captain Varun Chopra said Trott had had no problems settling back into the county routine.

“He’s fitted in really well, and it’s business as usual,” Chopra said.

“It’s been refreshing. All the lads have enjoyed his company. “He was full of energy. It’s a shame he didn’t get too many — but tomorrow [Wednesday] he’s got another opportunity, and then [in next week's match] at Oxford [University].”

Last month South Africa-born batsman Trott told Sky Sports he’d been “burnt out” but was not depressed.

That led former England captain Michael Vaughan to say he felt “conned” by the original explanation for Trott’s departure from Australia and that the issue confronting the player wasn’t so much one of mental health as an inability to cope with high-class fast bowling.

“There is a danger we are starting to use stress-related illness and depression too quickly as tags for players under pressure,” Vaughan, himself a former top-order batsman, said.

“What Trott will have to accept is that players in his own dressing room and in the opposition will look at him and think at the toughest of times he did a runner,” said Vaughan.

“He admitted that the previous occasion he suffered burnout was in South Africa in 2009-10, the only other time he has faced top-quality fast bowling.

“He did not fight and got on a plane and went home. It is harsh but that is the reality.”

Trott had previously said he felt “guilty” for leaving his England team-mates after just one match.

“I’d experienced a lot of success with England and a lot of good times and not many bad times and seeing the guys struggling out there was pretty tough in that I should have been there going through the tough times,” Trott told Sky Sports.

He said then that he hoped to return to England duty in a one-day international against Scotland on May 9.

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