Trott takes ‘tough decision’ to quit as coach Moores faces the heat

After he failed to flourish in a new role as opener, Trott acknowledged the decision to return from an anxiety condition had not been successful.

Jonathan Trott  has owned up to his failures. AP Photo
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England’s Jonathan Trott has announced his retirement from international cricket.

Trott was recalled for the tour of the West Indies after he had left England’s 2013-14 Ashes tour because of an anxiety condition, but has found runs tough to come by since his ­return.

His six innings brought three ducks, two single-figure scores and a solitary half-century, and led him to conclude his game is not “at the level you need to be at to play for England”.

Trott played 52 Tests, 68 ODIs and seven T20s in his eight-year career. He made nine Test centuries, starting with his debut against Australia in the 2009 Ashes, and averaged 44.08.

That record led England to recall him after strong form for the second-string England Lions side suggested he had overcome his anxiety problems.

But after he failed to flourish in a new role as opening partner to captain Alastair Cook, Trott acknowledged the decision had not been successful.

“This was a tough decision to make but I don’t feel my game is at the level you need to be at to play for England,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Cook has denied there is any need for a review of the team’s failure to win the Test series against West Indies but coach Peter Moores may feel uneasy on the flight back from the ­Caribbean.

Incoming board chairman Colin Graves promised in March there would be serious questions asked should England not beat a team he termed “mediocre”.

In his second stint as coach, Moores has had his share of heat and was already under scrutiny after England’s group-stage exit from the World Cup.

“I don’t think it’s inquiry time when you look at how we played over the 13 days, but I think we can all sit in that dressing room and know we’ve let an opportunity go,” Cook said.

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