Stokes no hero, owes many an apology: Michael Vaughan
Ben Stokes will have to earn back many people's trust (Getty Images)

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has told off allrounder Ben Stokes for his nightclub brawl incident that saw him knock a man unconscious. Stokes, on Tuesday, was found not guilty mof affray by a jury at Bristol Crown Court.

Vaughan, who earlier stated that Stokes has suffered enough punishment, pointed out during his interaction with BBC Sport that the allrounder has hampered the spirit of the game and that he should not be portrayed as a hero. Having missed the second Test against India at Lord’s, Stokes is set to return to the side for the third Test starting Saturday at Trent Bridge.

“He’s certainly not a hero, as some have portrayed him to be. He has brought the game into disrepute,” Vaughan said. “Knowing the England cricket fans as I do, they will give him a reception. I don’t think he deserves that.”

Vaughan, who captained England between 2003 and 2008, welcomed the idea of Stokes’ inclusion in the side but expressed surprise over his decision to return to action right away instead of taking a small break to get his mind in place.

“I can’t get my head around why he wouldn’t want to take a little bit of time off – even if England wanted him. He’s just gone through eight days in crown court,” Vaughan said.”I thought he might have wanted to take a bit of a breather from the game – to just step back, assess what’s gone on and be close to his family. They’re the ones who have been put through a hell of a lot over the last 10 months.”

Vaughan reiterated that although Stokes’ cricketing abilities make him a sensation among fans, there are people who are not in awe of the allrounder due to his off-field controversies. Stokes’ image is something he will have to work towards if he has to regain the general public’s trust.

“I do think he owes many an apology. “The cricketing fans around Ben will cheer him and love him. But most away from cricket don’t see him in a great light at all. He has to win back quite a lot of people in terms of the perception of what he is,” Vaughan said.

Stokes’ inclusion  in the side –his figures of 4/40 in the second innings of the first Test makes him difficult to leave out – will pose a few questions over England’s XI. His replacement for the second Test, Chris Woakes, scored a game-changing century and bowled outstanding spells that fetched him figures of 2/19 and 2/24 in both innings, which strengthens his case.

If England play both allrounders, the axe is likely to fall on Ollie Pope, who made his debut in the previous game. Vaughan however, feels the Surrey batsman should not be the one to be dropped.

“I don’t think it should be Pope [who makes way],” he said. “You could look at Jos Buttler. In two Test matches against India, he’s not really done a great deal. You could drop Adil Rashid. If the pitch is going to be the same as at Edgbaston and Lord’s and it’s going to swing around, do you need a spinner?”