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Michael Yardy

All-rounder Michael Yardy has returned to the UK suffering from depression and will play no further part in England's World Cup campaign

Sussex all-rounder Michael Yardy has been withdrawn from England's World Cup squad suffering from depression and has returned to the UK ahead of England's quarter-final match against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

The decision was taken in close consultation with the England medical team after it was agreed Yardy should return home immediately to receive the best possible advice and support as he seeks to overcome an illness he has been managing for a prolonged period of time.

Yardy said: "Leaving at this stage of a World Cup campaign was a very difficult decision to make but I felt that it was the only sensible option for me and I wanted to be honest about the reason behind that decision.

“I would like to wish the squad all the very best ahead of the game on Saturday. I would appreciate some privacy over the coming weeks while I spend time with family and close friends ahead of what I hope will be a successful season for Sussex."

Hugh Morris, managing director of England Cricket, said: "I would like to offer my full support to Michael on behalf of everyone involved with the England team and the ECB.

"Michael has been an integral part of the England set-up in recent years and while he will be missed in the knockout stages of the World Cup, our priority now is to ensure that he returns home to his family and is able to spend time recovering with a strong support network around him."

ECB has applied to the ICC’s technical committee to replace Michael in its CWC squad and is currently awaiting a decision.