Ben Stokes is currently in New Zealand, playing for Canterbury in the limited-overs competitions    AFP
Ben Stokes is currently in New Zealand, playing for Canterbury in the limited-overs competitions AFP

Ben Stokes’ hundred at Perth in 2013-14 Ashes reduced England’s margin of defeat when they went on to concede the Ashes. There was no Stokes this time. The loss was inevitable, and thus the margin was an innings and 41 runs as England went on to concede the urn again at the same venue. Former cricketers and fans have come down heavily on the Joe Root-led England side for their shambolic show. Former England skipper Michael Vaughan had maintained that ever since Stokes got suspended for the bar brawl, he knew England would struggle.

Stokes’ arrest led to him being suspending by the England board. The all-rounder, who is playing domestic cricket in his country of birth New Zealand, has been one of world’s most impactful cricketers in the recent times. Vaughan hopes Stokes is “hurting more that the team.”

Ashes 2017-18: Graeme Swann slams Alastair Cook, Joe Root after England's defeat
Ashes 2017-18: Graeme Swann slams Alastair Cook, Joe Root after England's defeat

“I would hope Ben is watching and is hurting more than the team in the dressing room. As soon as Stokes did what he did, it was very clear to me that he would struggle to be in Australia.

I said it straight away, I didn t think England would have any chance of competing out here without Stokes. I hope he s hurting more than the players who have been here, the former captain told BT Sport.

The fourth Test will be the Boxing Day Test at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.