Warwickshire star Jonathan Trott has 'no regrets' about his shock exile from Test Match cricket - and wants to use his benefit to help other cricketers.

The Edgbaston stalwart is donating part of the proceeds from his forthcoming benefit to the Professional Cricketers Association's (PCA) Benevolent Fund which helps players and ex-players experiencing difficulties.

Trotty, as he is universally known, told the Post of his determination to help others through his benefit calendar and reflected on 10 years at Edgbaston and his England career.

He said he blamed no-one but himself for his departure from the Test Match arena and revealed other international players had also told him of their struggles.

And he spoke of his plans and ambitions post-retirement, with media and commercial work a possibility but pledged he would stay at Edgbaston for the rest of his playing days.

"There are similar cases (to mine) in cricket and that is why we have the PCA and that is why I am having the PCA Benevolent Fund as one of my charities. The fund is there to help people pick themselves up, it's a fantastic thing.

"I have spoken to a few players who have said they have gone through a similar phase in their lives and didn't tell anyone, I am talking about international cricketers.

"I have got no regrets about the way my career has gone. I do not know if I will ever play for England again - I was disappointed with the way it finished but I have certainly got a lot to be proud of.

"The two things for me is that I am happy to be back playing for Warwickshire and am feeling good and keen to continue to contribute to the team in the final few weeks of the season.

"It was a difficult time at the beginning of the year and the end of last year. To be honest, I was struggling for a long time before I said anything. It is another experience I hope to be able to help people learn from and be aware of.

"As a youngster, I was always battling it, the desperation to do well. I have always had this self-drive and passion to do well. I have still got the same determination and passion, but I am a bit more relaxed now, I play golf, the Xbox, I like travelling to Las Vegas and New York."

 

He said moving to Warwickshire from South Africa at the age of 21 was his best-ever decision.

"When I first came to England, it was very, very tough. I was only 21. Living in Cape Town as a 19-year-old I was pretty comfortable, earning good money. Bob Woolmer came and said 'We want you to play for Warwickshire, you are good enough to play for England'.

"When you are 21, you do not know how your career is going to pan out. There are no guarantees. The benefit means I have played for Warwickshire for 10 years which I have enjoyed immensely, you know that you have played good cricket. I can look back at my career with Warwickshire and England, and there are no regrets in that regard.

"Warwickshire has a vast history, and history and success go hand in hand. There are a lot of other counties who are not spoken about as highly as Warwickshire.

"I have not put a timeframe on it (retirement). I will spend the rest of my career at Warwickshire. I am enjoying it at the moment.

"I have a good relationship with the members although I have not been around so much in the last four to five years but I am really appreciative of the members and the supporters and being awarded the benefit. I have made plenty of friendships at Warwickshire.

"Ten years have flown by. I realise that there is a time limit on your career but that's OK. As long as I am enjoying it, I will continue."

Trott, 33, cites Ashley Giles and Nick Knight as his two greatest mentors at Edgbaston but said retirement was not yet on the horizon.

"I am not there yet maybe I will do a bit of media and commercial work. It would be good to spend a bit of time away from the game. I quite enjoy the corporate hospitality, I enjoy public speaking, I have had quite a lot of experiences that I can pass on.

"I am more content now (than 10 years ago). As a youngster, I wanted to do everything now. I was desperate and determined, quite impatient.

"I have always enjoyed it at Warwickshire - I have made a living for myself, it was the best decision I ever made to come to Edgbaston."

* Details of Jonathan Trott's benefit are available at www.trotty2014.com