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The Ben Stokes street-brawl has left a negative impact on the England team s preparation for upcoming The Ashes 2017-18. Many have questioned England’s chances of retaining the urn with or without Stokes. Moeen Ali came forward and assured that England will win the Ashes. In contrast, former Australian batsman Glenn Blewett felt England cannot achieve the desired target. It is England’s Test player of the year James Anderson that has sent out a special message for his team before departing for The Ashes. He has urged the players to solely focus on the build-up to this winter s Ashes and tackle the team dynamics, when the team meets at the end of the month.

Stokes desire to be retained in the Ashes squad is still unsure with investigations still on. Anderson feels England can emerge as winners despite the presence or absence of Stokes, What we need to do as a team, whether the things that are happening happen or not, the next few weeks are about getting yourself ready as an individual to play in an Ashes series. From my point of view I’ll be bowling at Lancashire, getting in the gym, trying to stay fit, and getting ready for that challenge when we get over there. That’s all we can do. Prepare yourself as an individual and when we get there, we can galvanise as a team, Anderson told ESPNcricinfo.

Although England media is not hyping the incident much, Australian media is always up to rub in salt over wounds. During the Faf du Plessis mint incident last year, the Australian media scaled the issue to level 2. Virat Kohli too has been insulted by the Australian media earlier this year.

Anderson, however, asks Stokes to brace himself for all sorts of criticism, if he goes to Australia. You’ve got to prepare yourself for that. The fans are very passionate about cricket in Australia, but at the same time they are knowledgeable and if you give them something back they’ll embrace it. If you perform well, they’ll embrace it, and respect you for it. What we’ve got to focus on is performing well, and if you can do that, everything else will take care of itself,” Anderson suggests.

At the moment ECB s Director of Cricket, Andrew Strauss is keeping a keen eye on the team players’ events. Trevor Bayliss and Strauss have reiterated in the past week the importance of allowing players to let off steam during high-profile series. However, Anderson is not sure what will be the team management s reaction towards night outs during the Australian campaign, I’m not sure how things are going to go. We are obviously going to speak as a team when we get out there but, at the minute, we’re just trying to prepare for the cricket we are going to play out there, and get ourselves in the best shape to compete with Australia.

The first Ashes 2017-18 Test will be played at The Gabba in Brisbane from November 23.