Respect to Jonathan Trott

News broke this morning that Jonathan Trott who batted at No. 3 for England has left the Ashes tour because of a “long-standing stress related condition”.

Jonathan Trott in happier days

Jonathan Trott in happier days

Jonathan Trott isn’t the first England cricketer to have been forced out of the game in such a fashion – Marcus Trescothick and Michael Yardy are two others who have found themselves unable to cope with the pressures of the modern game; neither Trescothick nor Yardy played for England again and this may indeed be the end of Trott’s career. I hope it isn’t because he’s an immensely talented player but that’s his decision to make. I think he’s right to leave if he feels he can’t give 100% to his team. He will almost certainly be feeling that he’s let his side down, but he hasn’t. Had he been forced to withdraw because of a bad back or a hamstring problem nobody would have said such things; a mental health problem is no different.

I think his decision shows considerable personal courage. It’s not easy to admit that you can’t cope. Whether or not it was triggered by David Warner’s unpleasant comments makes no difference to me. I know which of these two I respect more. I hope he gets all the help he needs to get over his problems, and that he makes a full and speedy recovery unhindered by press intrusion.

In any case, as Mike Selvey put it in today’s Guardian

… when all is said and done, it is just a game. There are more important things in life.

Quite so.

2 Responses to “Respect to Jonathan Trott”

  1. Sport must be a very hard profession for anyone with mental health issues, with the institutionalised bullying that seems to have become accepted, from players and public (or is that just cricket?). I find a career in science hard enough, being under constant scrutiny from referees, panels and peers, but real bullying (masquerading as intellectual honesty) is luckily uncommon. Feedback is often direct but rarely vicious. I couldn’t imagine how to survive in Sport.

    • George Jones Says:

      It is not just cricket.

      Jonathan Martin, a 6′ 5″, 312 pound American football player, recently walked away from the game after repeated bullying by his own teammates, Richie Incognito in particular. Incognito has been suspended by the team, They both played for the Miami Dolphins.

      One incident: “Incognito has acknowledged leaving a voicemail for Martin in April in which he used a racial slur, threatened to kill his teammate and threatened to slap Martin’s mother. Incognito has said he regrets the racist and profane language, but said it stemmed from a culture of locker-room “brotherhood,” not bullying.”

      There is speculation that some of Miami’s coaches and management encouraged this behaviour, because Martin’s introspective personality led them to believe that he was too soft.

      The bully, Incognito has received much support: “Sources told ESPN that momentum is building within the Dolphins organization for Incognito to return before the season ends, a prospect that might have seemed unthinkable earlier this month.

      Incognito, who has received widespread support from his teammates, could possibly be reinstated from his suspension after Wells’ investigation is complete, according to a source.”

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