Marcus Trescothick has backed Somerset team-mate Nick Compton to make a return to the England setup.
The 29-year-old opening batsmen was left out of the squad for the Ashes warm-up match against Essex this weekend, having made only 39 runs in four innings against New Zealand.
England selectors have expressed their confidence in Joe Root to open the batting in place of Compton, with the returning Kevin Pietersen is retaking his place in the middle order.
But Trescothick, a former England opener himself, has suggested that the selectors should have stuck with Compton, and shown faith in his ability to bounce back.
"I'm very disappointed for him," Trescothick said to ESPN.
"I'd have carried on and seen how it goes at the start of the series and then made a change if needed, but that's probably why I'm not a selector.
"I spoke to him on Monday just after he was told. It's very tough to take for him. I explained to him that I mad my England debut through an injury and there's no reason why he can't get back into the team the same way.
"I know how much he has been wanting to play in a big series like this. You grow up wanting to play in big games and big series, so to suddenly lose that is a major blow. But there is still time to make it happen. He can change things. If he carries on scoring runs, he'll be the next in line.
"We play Australia this week and a big 150 would be ideal. It would be a bit too late for the first Test but it would be a big show of what he can do."
Somerset's four-day match with Australia starts at Taunton today.
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