Before the actual battle will surge in the field of Ashes, words are floating and hitting in and around the absence of Ben Stokes, the English super all-rounder who has been in a trouble shoot since last few weeks after being arrested in Bristol.
Thus former Australian batsman Gregg Blewett said, Australia will win the Ashes no matter what will happen in the English camp.
Conversing Stokes as a ‘troubled’ one, Blewett said, “An Ashes series short of Ben Stokes would be a great shame for cricket but England are heading for defeat with or without the troubled all-rounder.”
Stokes was in the 16 men squad named for the Ashes, and a day later, his name was drawn back.
“I’m sure they will (sanction him). They are having their internal investigation. That will play out,” Blewett told to Reuters in Adelaide on Tuesday.
“It would be a shame if he’s not out here. I think everyone wants to play against the strongest possible team.
“It would be a shame if he doesn’t come out because he’s a bit of a drawcard, he’s a world class all-rounder and will leave a massive hole in their team.
“But even if he was (to come), I think Australia are going to be too good at home anyway. With or without Ben Stokes I don’t see a different result but I think England would love to have him in their side,” he added.
“Yeah, you would be disappointed, I think they were only a couple of days away from the next one-day international so I think any coach would be disappointed with that sort of behavior,” Blewett said.