Jonathan Trott's assertion that mental and physical fatigue had forced him home from England's Ashes tour of Australia rather than depression felt like a "con" and would only convince his team mates he had abandoned them, according to former England captain Michael Vaughan.
The 32-year-old Trott abruptly left the tour after the first Test in Brisbane last November.
He did not fight and got on a plane and went home, which is harsh but that is the reality.
Team officials cited a long-standing "stress-related illness" as the cause.
Trott, however, said in an interview in Britain that he was not suffering from depression but had been "burnt out".
"I feel a little bit conned we were told Jonathan Trott's problems in Australia were a stress-related illness he had suffered for years," Vaughan wrote in a British newspaper column.
"He was obviously not in a great place but he was struggling for cricketing reasons and not mental, and there is a massive difference."
Vaughan added that depression was a debilitating illness and for Trott to use terms like "crazy" or "nutcase" in his interview only disrespected those who suffered from it.
"I find it staggering he is so ill-informed that he used those words as I have friends who have been diagnosed with depression," Vaughan wrote.
Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff openly discussed his battles with depression after he retired and also presented a documentary about the illness, speaking with other high-profile sportsmen who also were affected.
Top quality bowling
Trott's dismissal in the second innings of the first Test was labelled as 'weak' by Australian batsman David Warner, which drew a rebuke from the England team.
"Trott was failing on the biggest stage and he admitted that the previous occasion he suffered burnout was in South Africa in 2009-10, the only other time he has faced top quality fast bowling.
"He did not fight and got on a plane and went home, which is harsh but that is the reality."
Vaughan said Trott would need to earn his place back in the England team, though even then he may not be welcomed back as other players like Joe Root and Matt Prior were dropped for poor form on the Ashes tour but did not quit and return home.