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Vaughan: Stokes is the engine of England, his return will shivers up Australian spines


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Former England captain Michael Vaughan said the return of Ben Stokes in the squad for the Ashes could turn around the series in their favour against Australia.

Stokes had taken an indefinite break from cricket in July to deal with his psychological well being, whereas additionally recovering from a second operation on a damaged finger, as a result, he was not included in coach Chris Silverwood’s preliminary squad for the Ashes.

The England and Wales Cricket Board mentioned on Monday, nevertheless, Stokes can be available for the upcoming tour.

"Ben Stokes's return for the Ashes is huge. Without him, I would not have given England a chance in Australia; with him, they have a glimmer of hope -- and maybe a bit more than that," Vaughan wrote in his column in the Daily Telegraph.

"Stokes is the engine of this England team, the guy who powers them. Not only does he contribute massively himself, he lifts the performances of those around him, inspiring, cajoling and driving up standards," he added.

Vaughan also said Stokes return would bring the fear factor because of the performance at Headingley in the third test in 2019.

"Crucially, he is also a player Australia fear. The scars he inflicted on them at Headingley two years ago will not have fully healed, and the sight of him walking out at Brisbane -- or wherever he manages to play his first test -- will send a few shivers up local spines," added Vaughan.