London: Former opening batsman Marcus Trescothick has warned England against writing off Australians during this year`s crucial Ashes series.
While England was pulling off the remarkable in Auckland last week, Australia was falling to the inevitable in India, and a drawn series in New Zealand was hardly part of England`s 2013 master plan but it`s safe to assume that a first series whitewash in 43 years wasn`t part of Australia`s either.
Throw in the one-match bans given to four players for failing to complete their homework and a potentially serious knee injury to captain Michael Clarke and it`s little wonder some are predicting that Australia will be handed an Ashes lesson on English soil this summer.
Trescothick, who is a member of that famous 2005 Ashes series-winning side, said they want to be careful they don`t write them off too quickly.
Trescothick added there is always these niggles along the way, somewhere along the line at some point with every team you get there are bumps in the road and the Australian team is currently in one of those positions.
Trescothick said it`s not an ideal situation as you can see and it maybe had an effect on people like Clarke, adding he got a first-baller (in the Third Test in Mohali) and whether that`s the pressure of what goes on but it is hard as a captain dealing with these situations.
It`s easy to forget that before their ill-fated India tour, Clarke was being widely hailed as one of Australia`s finest modern captains, and fast bowler James Pattinson is one of a few new faces in the national team.