New Delhi: Jonathan Trott will return to action for Warwickshire as soon as they begin their pre-season campaign in April and hopes to put himself back in contention for an England comeback this summer.
Trott, 32, left England's Ashes tour after the first Test in Brisbane with what was described as a stress-related condition following a traumatic ordeal at the hands of Mitchell Johnson.
It was the first major setback for England on a tour that was to descend into chaos and when it was revealed that Trott had long-standing mental health issues, it seemed his career at the highest level was over.
Yet, in a boost for Trott, his county and possibly the ‘new' England, it emerged yesterday that the South African-born batsman is ‘raring to go' and has been earmarked to play against Gloucestershire at Edgbaston in Warwickshire's first pre-season match.
‘He's still very hungry,' said Warwickshire chief executive Dennis Amiss.
If his comeback goes to plan, Trott, who has been given permission to miss his county's pre-season tour of Barbados, will play against Oxford University on April 7 and then the Championship opener at Edgbaston against Sussex the following week.