Vaughan feels 'little bit conned' by Trott's 'Ashes burn-out' revelation
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has admitted he felt a 'little bit conned' by batsman Jonathan Trott's revelation that he left England's Ashes tour of Australia suffering from 'burn out'.
When Trott quit England's Ashes thrashing by Australia after twice falling cheaply to fast bowler Mitchell Johnson in the first Test, England officials said he was suffering from a 'stress-related illness' although Trott recently revealed he had been 'burnt out' but not depressed when he left the tour.
According to Sport24, Vaughan said that he feels somewhat deceived as he and the cricket fraternity were allowed to believe Trott was struggling with a serious mental health issue and so treated him with sensitivity and sympathy.
Stating that there is a massive difference between 'burnt out' and stress, Vaughan further said that it is dangerous that they are now starting to use stress-related illness and depression too quickly as tags for players under pressure.
Vaughan also said that Trott 'completely disrespected' any player who had gone through depression and mental illness by using words such as 'nutcase' or 'crazy', adding that he does not realise just how important an issue this is and slammed Trott for using 'burn out' as an excuse.
However, Angus Porter, the chief executive of England's Professional Cricketers' Association, took issue with Vaughan's comments, saying that it is dangerous to say that a player suffering from classic clinical depression has a problem but that someone with a condition elsewhere on the spectrum of mental illness does not.
(Posted on 18-03-2014)