Not being afraid to speak out

2013-11-28 00:00

WITH Jonathan Trott opting out of the Ashes and all cricket for the foreseeable future with a “stress-related illness”, there have been lots of questions asked over why it seems that England cricketers are more prone to mental health problems.

If one in five people suffer from some sort of depression, whether that is clinical or simply being down in the dumps a bit, then in every cricket squad of 15, there are at least three players who are struggling. Yet, very few have publicly admitted to battling demons. They don’t need to speak out, of course, that’s a personal decision. But, like any other injury, a mental injury is still an injury. Why the silence?

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