Trescothick backs Trott's abrupt tour departure

Last updated 07:44 26/11/2013
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TROTT BACKED: Former England opener Marcus Trescothick has praised Jonathan Trott's decision to quit the Ashes tour.

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England star Jonathan Trott's abrupt departure from the Ashes tour has been backed by former England opener Marcus Trescothick.

Trott - who appeared out of form in his two Test innings at the Gabba - is taking a break from cricket for the forseeable future due to a stress-related illness.

Trescothick, who left England's 2005-06 tour of India and the 2006-07 Ashes tour due to depression, sympathises with the South African-born star, according to The Guardian.

"You just can't take any more, you just can't get through the day, let alone go out there and play a Test match and win a Test match. I sympathise with Trotty," Trescothick told Sky Sports.

"I've been in that exact situation in '06 and '07 and tried to make that decision knowing that the consequences and the attention it's going to bring on to you are going to be tough.

"I know there's going to be a massive media scrum over the next couple of days. We'll probably see him flying back home and seeing him arrive back at his house, but we just need to allow him that bit of time to get well again because your health is far more important than any game of cricket."

Trescothick said he'd been in the same position as Trott and trying to cope with it, particularly on an Ashes tour, is difficult.

"It's a very hostile environment in Australia when the whole of the country is battering you left, right and centre. The media, the people in the hotels, and then you go out to the cricket and you get that as well, so it is not easy at all.

Meanwhile England all-rounder Stuart Broad, who has attracted his fair share of abuse on the tour so far - took to social networking site Twitter to back his team-mate.

"Love Trotty. Absolute champion of a man. He knows he has all the support of all the people around him. Puts cricket in perspective," wrote Broad.

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