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Ashes series: Marcus Trescothick and Jason Gillespie give their verdict after four days in Adelaide

Marcus Trescothick: Still retains Ashes hope

Former England batsman Marcus Trescothick believes England can still retain the Ashes even if they lose the second Test against Australia in Adelaide.

Australia need to take only four more wickets on the final day to secure a 2-0 lead in the series with England on 247-6 in their second innings and trailing by 283 runs.

The third Test starts in Perth on Friday and the tourists have a poor record at the WACA but Trescothick is expecting a change of approach as Alastair Cook's side look to force their way back into the series.

Trescothick told Sky Sports News: "It doesn't look great if I am honest as England's record in Perth is very, very poor, but I am hopeful. They will know in the previous games the manner they have gone about it has not worked and I think they will come out all guns blazing.

"They will just try and create something at Perth that they have not done in any of these games before and in any games they have ever played at Perth before."

Former Australia paceman Jason Gillespie accompanied Trescothick in the SSN studio and understandably he had a different view of the series.

He said: "I would love a whitewash although I am not sure it is going to be a whitewash, but I am quietly confident now that the Ashes will be back where they belong."

Encouraged

Trescothick was encouraged by Kevin Pietersen's innings on Saturday as he made 53 before being bowled by his nemesis Peter Siddle.

He said: "I think we have just seen a glimpse of KP starting to get into it. It's a good little knock and he was very dominating.

"He came out and was positive and he wanted to try and take the attack to Australia. He hit some great shots but there is still that element of worry.

"A few years ago we talked about his problems with left-hand spin but there is definitely something with Peter Siddle that he doesn't like. Whether it's an angle or the fact that he bowls very consistently at him, I am not really sure, but getting him out nine times in not that many Test matches is something he will be concerned about."

Matt Prior was also back in the runs with an unbeaten 31 but Gillespie believes the England wicketkeeper still has something to prove.

"He has had a poor run but this will certainly give him some confidence, although let's not forget he has only got 31 runs at the moment and to get out of this slump he is going to have to spend a lot more time at the crease," said Gillespie.

"But the signs were encouraging for England, he managed to get through playing positive shots off the back foot against Mitchell Johnson and that's a sign that he is in good touch."

Cook's poor run continued, however, as he was dismissed for only one but Trescothick has backed the skipper to come good soon.

He said: "Alastair's record is absolutely outstanding and he will come back and make some more runs, he is just going through a lean patch at the moment.

"I think what makes it even worse is that you have got Michael Clarke as the opposition captain who is just having a great time. He's making field changes and they are coming off really well, their plans are looking brilliant and then he is going out scoring runs for fun so that highlights it even more."