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Cook pays tribute to Trott

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Alastair Cook says Jonathan Trott can be proud of the achievements he has enjoyed as an England cricketer after he announced his international retirement. 

Trott returned to the England team in the West Indies, but that tour has proved to be his last after he called time on his career after an unsuccessful spell.

He scored only 72 runs in six innings in the Caribbean, where he partnered Cook at the top of the order, and he admitted his drop in form was behind his decision to step down.

Trott made his debut in the final Test of the 2009 Ashes, where he scored the first of his nine Test centuries, and he was part of three Ashes winning squads.

He came home early from the 2013-14 series in Australia with a stress-related illness but returned to action for Warwickshire last summer and earned a recall for the trip to the West Indies, which ended a couple of days early on Sunday when England slumped to defeat in Barbados.

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"It has been an absolute honour to play alongside Trotty in every one of his 52 Tests," Cook said.

"He can be incredibly proud of all he has achieved in his career and it is no coincidence that his time in international cricket has seen the team achieve some very special things often with Trotty at the heart of our success on and off the field.

“To come back from events around the Brisbane Test in 2013 and earn a place back in this side is testament to his character and spirit and although things didn’t work out as we all hoped on this current tour, he gave absolutely everything to the three lions every time he wore the cap.

“I speak on behalf of this current team and all those who have shared a dressing room with him over the years when I say it was a privilege to play alongside him.

"He’ll be sorely missed by all in England cricket and our supporters will thank him for some incredible memories. Trotty has a huge amount to offer English cricket and we wish him all the very best as he continues his career with Warwickshire.”

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