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England cricket team has no chance in Ashes without Ben Stokes, says Ian Chappell

Ian Chappell feels England cricket team has ‘no chance’ to win The Ashes this summer if star all-rounder Ben Stokes is sidelined. Earlier, a footage emerged of the Bristol street brawl that allegedly showed the England all-rounder assaulting two people outside a nightclub.

cricket Updated: Sep 29, 2017 15:27 IST
Ben Stokes,Ian Chappell,England cricket team
Ben Stokes’ arrest on Monday in Bristol on suspicion of causing ‘actual bodily harm’ could be the most troublesome incident of his career that has had a number of controversies.(Twitter )

Former Australia captain Ian Chappell believes England “haven’t got a hope in hell” of winning the Ashes if all-rounder Ben Stokes is sidelined following a street brawl outside a Bristol nightclub.

Stokes, vice-captain of the test side, was named in England’s 16-man squad for the Ashes tour starting in November but was suspended on Thursday until further investigation into the incident.

“They can’t win without him (Stokes) for a number of reasons,” Chappell told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph on Thursday.

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“Obviously his ability is the main thing, but also, he’s a match-winning player and those sort of players drag the rest along with them and make them better.

“He’s probably one of those players inspired by playing against the better teams and again that has a flow on effect to the fellas that don’t have that sort of confidence. I don’t think they’ve got a hope in hell without him.”

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While the Australian side may consider the suspension of Stokes a significant boost to their chances, former captain Allan Border believes the five-match Test series would be spoiled without the firebrand all-rounder.

“He is one of those cricketers you would go to watch play,” Border said. “He’s just got something about him, the aggressive nature of his cricket is exciting and it would be a real blow if he doesn’t come.”

Stokes has been a match-winning figure for the England side since making his debut against Australia in 2013. In 39 tests, he has scored 2,429 runs and picked up 95 wickets.

First Published: Sep 29, 2017 15:27 IST