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England have got a hope in hell without Ben Stokes, says Ian Chappell

Ian Chappell believes England have got no chance of winning the Ashes if Ben Stokes is sidelined following a street brawl outside a Bristol nightclub.

Ben Stokes was named in England’s 16-man squad for the Ashes tour starting in November.

Former Australia captain Ian Chappell believes England “haven’t got a hope in hell” of winning the Ashes if all-rounder Ben Stokes is sidelined following a street brawl outside a Bristol nightclub.

Stokes, vice-captain of the Test side, was named in England’s 16-man squad for the Ashes tour starting in November but was suspended on Thursday until further investigation into the incident.

“They can’t win without him (Stokes) for a number of reasons,” Chappell told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph on Thursday.

“Obviously his ability is the main thing, but also, he’s a match-winning player and those sort of players drag the rest along with them and make them better.

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“He’s probably one of those players inspired by playing against the better teams and again that has an effect to the fellas that don’t have that sort of confidence. I don’t think they’ve got a hope in hell without him.”

While the Australian side may consider the suspension of Stokes a significant boost to their chances, former captain Allan Border believes the five-match Test series would be spoiled without the firebrand all-rounder.

“He is one of those cricketers you would go to watch play,” Border said. “He’s just got something about him, the aggressive nature of his cricket is exciting and it would be a real blow if he doesn’t come.”

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Stokes has been a match-winning figure for the England side since making his debut against Australia in 2013. In 39 Tests, he has scored 2,429 runs and picked up 95 wickets.

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