Marcus Trescothick has backed his Somerset opening partner Nick Compton to bounce back from the disappointment of being left out of the England squad to play Essex.
Alastair Cook will lead England against his county side in a four-day pre-Ashes warm-up game which gets underway at Chelmsford on Sunday.
Compton has been omitted from the side but Trescothick is convinced he is still worth his place in the international set-up.
"Only three Test matches ago he got back-to-back hundreds and I think it's quite harsh on him," said former England opener Trescothick.
"I still think there's a massive opportunity. You don't know about injuries and that sort of thing.
"When he gets into a bit of a rhythm and starts getting runs he'll get a boat load.
"He will bounce back stronger and may still get an opportunity yet."
As for England's opponents Australia, Trescothick admits he was surprised they sacked head coach Mickey Arthur so close to the start of the Ashes.
Former Yorkshire batsman Darren Lehmann steps up from the 'A' team to take charge and although he feels he is an ideal replacement for Arthur, the timing of the decision has shocked Trescothick.
"I was gob-smacked. You don't normally see these things go on so close to a series, so for that to happen was a big surprise," he added.
"It's going to go one of two ways. Either they'll really rally around Darren Lehmann - he's a good guy, very well liked in the Australia set-up and a good coach.
"Or, if England can get on top and put them under pressure in the first game, or first couple of games, you might see a few cracks exposed.
"They're not as tight as they possibly could be, I don't believe."