<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Jonathan Trott: I cannot currently operate at the level I have done in past" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20131125234120.jpg" title="Jonathan Trott: I cannot currently operate at the level I have done in past" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Jonathan Trott has gone through a poor run of form lately for England © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>London: Nov 25, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> England batsman <a href="/tags/Jonathan-Trott/post" target="_blank">Jonathan Trott</a>, who quit the Ashes tour of <a href="/tags/Australia/post" target="_blank">Australia</a> Monday due to a <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Jonathan-Trott-to-leave-Ashes-2013-14-series-due-to-stress-related-illness/34350" target="_blank">stress-related illness</a>, is known for the reliability of his run-making and his painstaking, methodical play.<br /> <br /> Born in South Africa, Trott worked his way up to emerge as a key player for England since his Test debut against Australia at The Oval in 2009, making more than 3,500 Test runs at a healthy average of 46.45.<br /> <br /> The 32-year-old right-hander has carved a reputation as a trustworthy bulwark of England Test innings, with his slow, steady scoring and ability to wear down opposition bowlers.<br /> <br /> But he was noticeably out of sorts in last week's Ashes opener, making scores of 10 and nine and getting out tamely each time to pace bowler <a href="/tags/Mitchell-Johnson/post" target="_blank">Mitchell Johnson</a>.<br /> <br /> "I don't feel it's right that I'm playing knowing that I'm not 100 percent and I cannot currently operate at the level I have done in the past," Trott said after quitting the tour.<br /> <br /> Trott has been an important run-getter for <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England</a> in Tests and one-day games but has been criticised for slow scoring in the shorter format, with his ODI strike rate in the mid-70s.<br /> <br /> "It's about weighing up the best option," he has said of his method, admitting: "Sometimes I err on the side of caution too much."<br /> <br /> Trott was a key figure in England's 3-0 victory over Australia in this year's earlier Ashes series which wrapped up in August.<br /> <br /> Much is made of the time Trott spends taking his guard, fidgeting and digging his mark at the crease when he comes in to bat.<br /> <br /> He had not previously revealed that he suffered from a stress disorder, although England coach Andy Flower suggested it was a long-term condition.<br /> <br /> In 2011, the married father-of-one revealed that giving up alcohol had been a key factor in his development as an international cricketer.<br /> <br /> "I used to go nuts and it affected the image people had of me," he told <em>Cricketer</em> magazine. "It used to cloud my judgement, not just that night, but for days afterwards.<br /> <br /> "I still have the occasional beer or glass of wine but, when it comes to nights out, you probably won't find me around them."<br /> <br /> "In the past I'd have been at the front of the queue (for a drink). But I honestly don't think I'd be sitting here today if I did still drink."<br /> <br /> In the same interview, Trott said his ambition had always been to play international cricket and "to test myself against the best".<br /> <br /> "I want to be the best I can be, to constantly improve," he said.<br /> <br /> His departure leaves England with a hole to fill in their batting line-up as they try to battle back from 1-0 down after last week's big Ashes Test defeat in Brisbane.