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Jonathan Trott exclusive: shock early exit 'did not affect Ashes outcome'
England need Trott's skill as they embark on a post-Kevin Pietersen era...
Last Updated: 17/03/14 7:46am
Clearly his four-month break from cricket should do him the power of good.
England were aware that he was struggling and if Ashley Giles is made the England coach across all three disciplines I'm sure Trott will receive a sympathetic ear, given their history at Warwickshire.
That said, I think anybody within 'Team England' will be sympathetic towards a player who says he has 'unfinished business'. People will draw a line under his Australia exit and turn over a new page.
England are setting out in a brave new post-Kevin Pietersen world and judging by recent performances in 50-over cricket they need Trott's skill.
Let's be honest, Trott was no more embarrassed by Mitchell Johnson during the Ashes series than many other fine players have been in the last 12 months so there's no need to single him out for criticism.
There is so much interest and hype around the Ashes that if you are a sensitive soul and haven't come across this before - or you couldn't stop scoring runs on your last trip to Australia but are struggling this time - it is a very nasty bolt from the blue.
It was very, very tough and aggressive Test match cricket.
To be frank I don't think Trott's decision to go home after the first Ashes Test made any difference to how the series panned out at all.
South Africa found out in their recent home Test series against Australia just how much of a hot potato Johnson can be to handle.
AB de Villiers played Johnson better than we've seen anyone play him but if the likes of Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith are struggling against him, then there should be no particular embarrassment about England players finding it tough.
I think the whole England squad was taken by surprise in Brisbane by Johnson's re-emergence and I doubt that the result wouldn't have been any different had Trott been there throughout.
Harris and Johnson would have blown England away whoever was selected simply because they haven't faced any bowling of that calibre since they came up against Dale Steyn on pretty flat pitches the last time that South Africa were in England, back in 2012.
As we're seeing at the moment, English county cricket is sorely lacking top-class pace bowling or spin - which is something that needs addressing as a matter of urgency. But that's a whole different story...
You can watch the full story in the documentary 'Jonathan Trott: Burn Out' at 7pm, Sunday night on Sky Sports 1.