Former England opener Marcus Trescothick believes Australia will be there for the taking in this summer's Ashes - stating that he expects Darren Lehmann's men to "crack" under the pressure.

Trescothick, who scored 431 runs in England's 2005 Ashes victory, will lead Somerset against the tourists at Taunton on Wednesday. 

He expects England will immediately look to break any confidence that the re-appointment of head coach Lehmann may have brought in to the side.

"Australia will rally around Darren Lehmann very quickly and get together [but,] if England get them under pressure you will see cracks open quite easily," said Trescothick. 

"England will expose a few areas where they [Australia] are weaker in my opinion. England are going in as favourites and need to deliver. They are a better side, more controlled in different areas with all bases covered. They should step up and win it comfortably."

Following Australia's poor showing at the ICC Champions Trophy, Trescothick senses nothing but victory for England, although he admits he was impressed by the bowling of James Pattinson.

“I think they were pretty powerful in their bowling. James Pattinson, I thought, looked very strong and bowled really nicely, and the rest followed up behind him,” he added.

Australia’s batting was not so impressive however, and there was certain evidence of a stutter as the finish line approached. All of their top four batsmen failed to reach the big score that would have sealed them victory.

Trescothick played in his first Ashes at the age of 25, and was full of confidence ahead of young batsmen Joe Root's Ashes debut.

"He's doing pretty well where he's been batting, and adapted well. He's a great kid with a great attitude to the game. I would expect him to come out, enjoy it and flourish. He will do well in any position." 

The 22-year-old is set to open the batting in England's four-day warm up game against Essex today.


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