A firestorm of sledging erupted in the first Ashes test between England and Australian, and now England batsman Jonathan Trott is heading home, citing a mental illness.
These things may be related, or they may not. But Trott’s public statement will hardly help him.
A weakness of character, Ian Chappell once said memorably, is like a weakness around off stump. Something to exploit.
However long it takes him to recover, Trott can look forward to being well exploited next time he appears at the crease.