Former England captain Michael Vaughan has joined the bandwagon of players, current and former, to express their enthusiasm for Ben Stokes’ return to the Ashes series. Vaughan feels Australia should be involved, as the multi-level player is a big possibility.
Ben Stokes has announced his return to international cricket, claiming he is looking forward to joining his teammates in Australia, and is ready for the Ashes match. The multi-skilled bowler, who opted for a mental health break in August, said he is ready to play his best cricket this winter.
write in it vertical For The Telegraph, Michael Vaughan wrote that Australia should be concerned about the return of Ben Stokes, considering Headingley’s championships in 2019. Vaughan wrote:
“Crucially, he’s also a player that Australia fears. The scars he inflicted on them at Headingley two years ago will never fully heal, and the sight of him walking out in Brisbane – or wherever he manages to play his first Test – will send some shivers even to the local thistles.”
Vaughan also noted that Stokes, who missed the final round at Down Under, will make it to Australia by a point or two to prove after losing his only series in the country. The 46-year-old added:
“Stokes also has unfinished business with the Australians. A win in Australia would be on the cricket list, and having missed the last series Down Under after the Bristol nightclub incident, I can totally understand how this was a streak he felt he simply couldn’t ‘miss.” He wouldn’t want to go down in history because he only played one Test series in Australia.”
Ben Stokes came onto the scene eight years ago when England toured Australia for the 2013-14 Ashes Series. The 30-year-old scored his first Test 100 in Perth, and was a rare silver lining for England in a disastrous run. Eight years later, Stokes has become one of the best all-rounders in the game, and he’s made it into big games and series.
The return of Ben Stokes has opened up ‘a new world of possibilities’ – Michael Vaughan
Although Michael Vaughan backed Australia to win the series, he believes Stokes’ return has given England plenty of hope and optimism. Vaughan added:
“I still make Australia the favorites to win the series – remember, we only drew 2-2 at home, where we’re strong, when we had it at our best – but that seems to have opened up a new world of possibilities.”
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