FORMER England opener Marcus Trescothick believes Andrew Strauss’s side are on course to retain the Ashes, but fears persisting with a four-pronged bowling attack could affect the longevity of the likes of Jimmy Anderson and Steven Finn.
England wrestled the initiative and momentum from Australia as a result of their record breaking exploits with the bat in Brisbane.
But Trescothick, who played in 15 Ashes Tests, believes the triple century first innings stand between Brad Haddin and Michael Hussey highlighted the struggles England’s attack could face as the series goes on.
He told City A.M.: “Back-to-back Tests are never easy for the bowlers, particularly in these testing conditions. Ideally it would be beneficial to play with five specialist bowlers.
“But I don’t think we can afford to do that. We just don’t have the right personnel and the demands on the pace guys like Jimmy Anderson and Steven Finn will continue to be pretty extreme.”
During Trescothick’s international career, his captains’, Nasser Hussain and Michael Vaughan, had the benefit of being able to call on a world class all-rounder in Andrew Flintoff.
The charismatic Lancastrian was forced to call time on his career earlier this year due to injury and Trescothick feels only now are England realising what they’ve lost.
He said: “I still think we are in a position to win the series, but obviously lacking that world class all-rounder like Freddie will affect the balance of the side.
“Trying to develop someone to replace him is dangerous and close to impossible. Stuart Broad has been mentioned but his batting isn’t’ strong enough to bat at No7.”
Marcus Trescothick was speaking at his new signing with Mongoose Cricket www.mongoosecricket.com
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