London: Former England captain Michael Vaughan felt deceived by Jonathan Trott's revelation last weekend that he left England's Ashes tour of Australia suffering from "burn out", he admitted yesterday.
Jonathan Trott and Michael Vaughan
When Trott quit what turned out to be a 5-0 Ashes thrashing by Australia after twice falling cheaply to fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, England officials said he was suffering from a "stress-related illness".
Although an imprecise term, this was taken to mean South Africa-born batsman Trott was suffering from problems beyond the usual cares of international cricket.
However, Trott told Sky he'd been "burnt out" but was not depressed. That prompted Vaughan to write in his column in yesterday's Daily Telegraph: "I feel a little bit conned we were told Jonathan Trott's problems in Australia were a stress-related illness he had suffered for years.
"We were allowed to believe he was struggling with a serious mental health issue and treated him with sensitivity and sympathy. "He was obviously not in a great place but he was struggling for cricketing reasons and not mental, and there is a massive difference.
"There is a danger we are starting to use stress-related illness and depression too quickly as tags for players under pressure," Vaughan, himself a former top-order batsman, added.
In his interview with Sky, Trott said he feared the public thinking he was a "nutcase", adding that he wasn't "crazy".
However, Vaughan wrote Trott had "completely disrespected anybody who has gone through depression and mental illness by using words such as 'nutcase' or 'crazy'.