Former Australia fast bowler, and current Yorkshire coach, Jason Gillespie believes Australia's batsmen will have a difficult time against England's bowlers during the Ashes as they have one of the best attacks.

Australia's batsmen came under immense amounts of fire in India recently, losing the Test series four nil, and while Gillespie is not writing his countrymen off, he feels James Anderson and company will be tough to conquer on home soil.

'Dizzy' said in the Guardian: "It could be a challenging summer for Australia. Their batting is the issue and Jimmy Anderson will pose the biggest problems. Australians struggle against good swing bowling and Anderson is the best in the business.

"Steve Finn is also very impressive. He's a big tall bowler who hits the track hard. He's got a good engine and runs in hard all day. There's a lot to like about Finn. Anderson will pitch it up and move it around while Finn runs in and gets bounce.

"[Stuart] Broad does both so it's a good, balanced attack and [Tim] Bresnan and [Graham] Onions can fill roles accordingly. And Graeme Swann is the best finger spinner around. They're in a pretty good place."

The Vikings mentor also commented on Australia's current batting crisis, as well as their disciplinary issues, with number four batsman Shane Watson a prime example of both problems.

Aside from being dropped for not completing his 'homework' in India, Watson's form with the bat has not been ideal, top-scoring with just 28 in six innings on the sub-continent.

Gillespie added: "I played a lot with Watto, and against him. He likes to do things his way and even takes his own physio on tour. But we can't gloss over the fact that, as a Test cricketer, he hasn't been doing the job.

"He's decided not to bowl and concentrate on his batting but the last couple of years he hasn't been performing. Is he in Australia's best XI? If he is, then support him to the hilt. If not, make the call and move on. People are a little clouded with selection at Cricket Australia."

He added of the poor batting order: "There are issues. If they don't feel they're the best six batters then change them. But if they are, then give them a good run and back them privately and publicly."