Former England captain Micheal Vaughan believes that if England have any hope of beating Australia when they travel there later this year, then Ben Stokes will be vital to achieving that.
The all-rounder produced a man-of-the-match display as England walked to a 239-run victory in the recent Test against South Africa at the Oval.
Stokes scored a century and took three wickets in the final innings, thus being influential to England's win.
And Vaughan, who captained England in that famous 2005 victory up until 2008, believes that the Durham man will be influential if Root's side want to beat the Aussies Down Under.
"Over the next few months the skipper Joe Root will be crossing his fingers and having some restless nights with his baby thinking 'wait a minute, I’ve got the baby to look after, but my mind’s also on Ben Stokes'," Vaughan said on BBC 5 Live
He then continued saying that without Stokes, England don't stand a chance.
"I don’t think England have got a chance in Australia without Stokes. I think with him, they’ve got a very good chance."
Another former England captain Nasser Hussain also believes Stokes is key to unlocking the Australians, and his maturity is something England will cherish later this year.
"The maturity and improvement in Stokes’ game has come from the hard work he puts in,’ Hussain said on Sky Sports following the Test match at the Oval.
"This lad is no fool. He is not one just to rely on natural talent; what will be, will be.
"We see him out there every morning working hard at his game, whether he has got runs or not.
"He’s a lad that is constantly trying to improve is game and has set the tone in this England team."
We will have to wait until the winter to see whether Stokes is a crucial as both Vaughan and Hussain believe and whether England can indeed retain the Ashes on Aussie soil.
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