England Batsman Trott Leaves Ashes Tour Because of Stress

Batsman Jonathan Trott left England’s tour of Australia because of a “stress-related” illness, and will take a break from the sport, the England and Wales Cricket Board said.

Trott, batting at No. 3, scored 10 and nine in his two innings in Brisbane last week as England lost the first Test match of the Ashes tour by 381 runs.

“I don’t feel it is right that I’m playing knowing I’m not 100 percent and I cannot currently operate at the level I have done in the past,” Trott, 32, said, according to the ECB’s website. “My priority now is to take a break from cricket so that I can focus on my recovery.”

Trott averaged 46.5 runs in 49 Test matches since 2009, according to the ESPN Cricinfo website.

England won its last three Test series against Australia. It hasn’t claimed four in a row since winning the opening eight series after the contest began in 1882.

The next Ashes Test starts on Dec. 5 in Adelaide.

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