England captain Alastair Cook said on Wednesday it was important to give Jonathan Trott time and space to recover from the stress illness that forced him out of the Ashes series in Australia.

Trott left the tour after he twice fell cheaply to Mitchell Johnson in England’s heavy 381-run loss to Australia in the first Test.

His display was blasted as “poor and weak” by Australian batsman David Warner, in comments that drew censure from Cook and England head coach Andy Flower.

Trott’s playing future is now up in the air. He has been granted indefinite leave by the England and Wales Cricket Board and Cook said his troubles had given his teammates a dose of reality.

“It is important to have a sense of reality, seeing what Trotty has gone through has given people a bit of that,” he told reporters ahead of the second Test in Adelaide.

“It was a tough defeat in Brisbane but someone else was having it a lot worse than what we were having.

“Trotty understands and we all understand that he has got a long journey back and we wish him all the luck in the world.

“It’s horrible seeing what he’s gone through, obviously in the last two to three weeks on this tour and then throughout his career he has struggled at certain times and I think he’s showed a huge amount of character to perform as he has done for England.”

Cook said it was “important that we give him a little time and space away from the game and the pressures of playing international cricket and we can see how he comes back”.

“We would love to have him back but he’s got to make sure he’s ready and let’s make sure we don’t put any time pressure on him.” — AFP

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