Trott set for return to the middle
3:54pm Monday 31st March 2014 in © Press Association 2014
Jonathan Trott is all set to play cricket for the first time in more than four months, since he had to leave England's troubled Ashes tour with a stress-related illness.
Trott has earmarked Warwickshire's two-day friendly against Gloucestershire at Edgbaston, starting on Tuesday, as his comeback match.
The 32-year-old has not picked up a bat in anger since twice falling cheaply to man-of-the-series Mitchell Johnson at the Gabba last November in the opening defeat of England's Ashes whitewash.
Trott made no public comment at the time but this month gave a series of interviews to select broadcast, print and online outlets.
His recollection of events, and his reaction to them, divided opinion as pundits took the opportunity to publicly debate the nature of Trott's troubles.
But for the first time, back at the ground he knows best, he has the opportunity to let his bat do the talking again.
Trott, for so long inked in as Test and one-day international number three and the International Cricket Council's player of the year after historic Ashes success down under in 2010/11, is hoping to be back in the England fold this summer.
He has spoken of the May ODI against Scotland in Aberdeen as a possible comeback date.
Runs and demonstration of his well-being will be required in the meantime, however, and the low-key practice match against Warwickshire's near neighbours is his first chance.
Trott did not join Warwickshire's pre-season tour of Barbados or take part in last week's friendly with Derbyshire.
He was instead in the nets with England batting coach Graham Gooch, and is hoping to return to first-class cricket against Oxford MCCU in The Parks next Monday.