Friday 24 November 2017

Broad admits England left 'heartbroken' by Trott exit

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Jonathan Trott looks dejected after being dismissed by Mitchell Johnson
Jonathan Trott looks dejected after being dismissed by Mitchell Johnson

Nick Hoult

Stuart Broad has revealed that England's players are "heartbroken" by Jonathan Trott's return home from the Ashes tour with a stress-related illness, but insisted they will bounce back for the second Test in Adelaide.

As Trott rejoined his young family in Birmingham, eight of his team-mates spent a night at Uluru (Ayers Rock), the Aboriginal spiritual home, re-energising after the defeat in Brisbane and finding respite from the constant sniping that has characterised this trip.

The warm welcome the players received there must have been a relief from their life under siege by the Australian press in Brisbane, where the local paper devoted nine pages to gloating over England's defeat yesterday.

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"We spend 270 nights a year in hotel rooms. It is a testing environment when things aren't going well," said Broad, who revealed the team were told of Trott's departure on Sunday night after the first Test finished.

"The first thing to say on that is the team are heartbroken Trotty's had to go home. We all hope he gets home and gets some privacy and the help he needs with his recovery. We're fully behind him."

There have been harsh words spoken among the team since the 381-run hammering in Brisbane, with the senior batsmen believed to have held a meeting after the Test to thrash out the issues of facing this hostile Australian attack.

Broad was brutally honest about how some of his team-mates performed in Brisbane. "There'll be some guys who know they didn't perform to the level expected of them," he said.

"We need to get our plans and skills right going to Adelaide. I think it will be very different to Brisbane in terms of the pitch and we need to focus on getting right for it." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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