Trott feels "better equipped"

The 33-year-old batsman has not featured for England since his premature departure from last winter's Ashes tour, initially attributed to a stress-related illness.

But after finishing the county season strongly with Warwickshire, he has been named in a provisional 14-man Lions squad that will play two first-class matches against his native South Africa in January.

Trott hopes the call-up will pave the way for a full Test return - though he stopped short of setting next summer's resumption of hostilities with Australia as a target.

Working with renowned sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters has helped Trott manage his condition and he told BBC Radio Five Live: " He said the first time he met me that it was a situational anxiety, pretty common with regards to everyday life but when it's played out in front of the world media it's quite a big thing.

"It's hopefully something I can look back on and use it as a learning curve. You've got to look back and learn from mistakes you made and the situations you get yourself into.

"I think I'm better equipped at dealing with that sort of stuff. I'd definitely say that I'm a lot wiser after the last year.

"I seem to have found myself in a situation where I'm enjoying cricket again."

National selector James Whitaker said the selection was driven purely by Trott's batting rather than a desire to assess his state of mind.

"We're confident that everything will be okay because of the amount of runs he's scored for Warwickshire," he told Five Live.

"This is just another stepping stone in his reintroduction to the England team, hopefully, in the future. He's in the same boat as everyone else, pushing for a place."

Trott said: "I still have aspirations to play for England. If I do want to play for England again, I have to earn my place back.

"I remember going on previous Lions trips in 2007 and '08 and I had to prove to the coaches and the ECB set-up that playing for England was something I could do.

"I have to do that again and it's an exciting time. It's a good test with regards to where I am and I feel very happy about my cricket at the moment."

Incumbent Test opener Sam Robson will join Trott in the first-class squad, indicating his inconsistent form has left questions to answer.

There is also a call-up for 22-year-old Kent off-spinner Adam Riley, tipped by many as the long-term heir to Graeme Swann.

Trott, Robson and Riley will be replaced by Lancashire spinner Stephen Parry, Nottinghamshire all-rounder Samit Patel and explosive Surrey batsman Jason Roy for the one-day leg of the tour.

Of the 11 players taking part in both formats, seven come from LV= County Champions Yorkshire - with Adam Lyth and Alex Lees providing competition for Robson's opening berth.

  Jonathan Trott is back in the international frame with an England Lions call-up
Jonathan Trott is back in the international frame with an England Lions call-up