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Alastair Cook has former England man Marcus Trescothick's backing to carry on scoring big runs after his double ton

Alastair Cook has the mental strength to follow up his record-breaking Brisbane double century when the Ashes resumes in Adelaide later this week.

That is the view of former England opener Marcus Trescothick, although he believes the fact that the next match is so soon makes the task more difficult.

"I always found it hard work when you play back-to-back Test matches," the Somerset captain said today.

"You've generally found that people who perform well in the first one found it harder in the second and vice-versa - those who have missed out play better.

"Ten days of Test cricket in 13 or 14 days is hard work mentally and to get back to the level he needs and having that same desire about getting that next 150 or double hundred for us to win the game is going to be tough.

"But form is a funny thing. Some people run with it and when they get a big score they get loads of big scores in a row, so hopefully he can.

"He's a strong character, same as (Andrew) Strauss, and they've got everything in place that they need to be able to continue to perform. If mentally they are not too tired then I'm sure they can do it."

Trescothick, a member of the Ashes-winning side in 2005 who called a halt to his Test career because of a stress-related illness, predicted a 2-1 England win before the start of the series and is sticking with that.

"What a fantastic fightback from the boys and things are looking good,” he added. “The team has prepared well and I don't think we will ever have a better chance of winning a series Down Under.

"But there's still a hell of an amount of work to do and to beat them in the next match is going to take a big effort.

"Australia fought harder than I expected them to, but for them to maintain that is going to be tougher than it will be for England to maintain their level.

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"We are a very balanced team, a strong unit, and everything is in place for us to continue to be positive and fight to the end for the whole series, whereas I'm not sure Australia can do that as much.

"They are a little bit unsure about what the best bowling line-up is, so it's harder for them.

"But we still have to keep our performance in perspective. We under-performed in certain places, but did out-perform them in other areas.

"I just think that in putting a marker down with that 500 for one might just play on the minds of the Australians a bit, that if these boys get in they're going to get double hundreds or 150, so you've got to take any opportunity that comes.

"Adelaide is generally a flatter pitch, but if you get a big first innings total on any of the grounds they play it's going to put them under pressure.

"Sydney is generally a result wicket, Melbourne generally a result wicket and in Perth they've already won on this tour.

"I thought England were slight favourites going into the series and now I think Australia realise how strong a team we will be."

As for whether he misses all the excitement around the Ashes, 34-year-old Trescothick, whose last Test was in Pakistan in 2006, added: "I've been watching it and thought it would be good fun to be back playing in it, but I've moved on and times have changed.

"It's been four years now and there are also moments when I've thought I'm glad I'm not over there. It works both ways.

"I want to go on playing as long as I can for Somerset. As long as I feel good enough and warrant being in the side I will continue to do so."

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