Former England and Warwickshire batsman Jonathan Trott has been appointed as England batting coach for the upcoming three-Test series against Pakistan.
He was part of the England side that became the number one Test team in the world and was named the International Cricket Council’s player of the year in 2011.
Trott represented England in 127 international matches and scored 6,792 runs.
He retired from international cricket after the 2015 Test series in the West Indies, having scored 3,835 runs at an average of 44.08. He also smashed 2,819 runs at an average of 51.25 from 68 one-day internationals.
Jonathan Trott, who represented England in 127 international matches and scored 6792 runs, has been appointed the team's batting coach for the three-Test series against Pakistan 🙌 pic.twitter.com/wmmwiDoT8T
— ICC (@ICC) August 3, 2020
Trott has a horrid last phase when he left for his country in the middle of the 2013-14 Ashes series in Australia citing mental health issues.
Trott’s mental problems ultimately meant that his career ended abruptly as the support system surrounding him also didn’t have much idea about what the player was going through.
In one of the Sky Sports Cricket Podcasts, Trott spoked about his issues in detail describing how he suddenly began to ‘dread’ the game he loved all his life.
He said, “It was building. I probably realised during the home Ashes of 2013-14. I remember being at Durham for the fourth Test and not able to concentrate, which was something I pride myself on.”
“There was something missing and going to The Oval I knew I was in a little bit of trouble, not wanting to play. That’s when the whole anxiety of putting the tracksuit on and going to the ground was triggered.
The skill of playing cricket was something I was starting to dread, which I had loved my whole life until then. It was terrifying as it felt so foreign and you are so exposed to cameras everywhere. It was tricky to get some alone time and make sense of it all.”
39-year-old Trott ultimately retired from cricket in 2018. When asked about what he had to say on the subject to current players, Trott said that people suffering from mental health problems should seek face-to-face help as it is bound to make a huge difference.
Ex-New Zealand spinner Jeetan Patel and Warwickshire seamer Graeme Welch will also join the coaching set-up.
The first Test against Pakistan begins at Emirates Old Trafford on Wednesday with Pakistan scheduled to play 3-test match series in England.