SOMERSET stalwart Marcus Trescothick believes England have a "very, very good chance" of winning their first ever Cricket World Cup this year.

The tournament comes to England and Wales this summer, with three matches – Afghanistan v New Zealand (Saturday, June 8), Australia v Pakistan (Wednesday, June 12) and West Indies v Bangladesh (Monday, June 17) – being played at the County Ground in Taunton.

England have made it to three World Cup finals (in 1979, 1987 and 1992), only to finish on the losing side on each occasion.

But hopes are high that they can get over the line on home soil this year, with the likes of Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes leading them to the top of the world rankings for one-day cricket.

Speaking at an event to mark the unveiling of a World Cup mural above The Wickets sandwich and coffee bar in St James Street, the former England opener said: "I think we [England] have got our best chance in a hell of a long time.

"Our team is in a really good place, currently number one in the world.

"We're a really good side, with a lot of bases covered and a lot of world class players – we've got a very, very good chance."

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Crucial to that optimism is the talent of Taunton-born Buttler, who has become an integral part of England's Test and one-day sides.

Trescothick said of Buttler: "He's one of the most destructive players in world cricket right now.

"I think he's one of the most feared players, definitely.

"You've got to hope he has a good series, because if he does he'll light up the tournament – you'll see some innings like we've just seen in the West Indies, hitting 150 off 77 balls.

"All of Somerset will be behind him, because he's one of our own, and fingers crossed he does well."