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Michael Vaughan sends out a warning to Ben Stokes after arrest

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On the eve of England's highly anticipated Ashes squad announcement, Ben Stokes found himself arrested over an altercation which left another man with facial injuries.

Michael Vaughan, the former England captain who won the Ashes in 2005, claims Stokes will have to sort himself out if he is to save his career.

"Ben Stokes can’t say he was not warned," he wrote in the Daily Telegraph.

"I have been privy to private conversations about him recently and he has been given strong warnings about his lifestyle.

"People have said to him there is only one person who can ruin your career and that is you. Nobody else. He has the talent, plays all three formats relatively easily. Has the world at his feet.

"In time we could be describing him as a cricketing genius. But he has to understand that if he wants to be a superstar, and go over to India and earn huge IPL contracts, and keep them, he has to be careful off the field.

"I am not saying be teetotal or not have a flutter at the casino. He needs a way to let off steam and live a life.

"But on the field he is a streetwise cricketer. He understands the game. He gets cricket. But he is not streetwise off the pitch and that could be his downfall. I am hoping this is his lesson."

This will certainly come as a great concern for the ECB, as this controversy will surely damage their reputation around the world, with the incident being broadcasted worldwide to all areas of the globe.

The England cricket management will have to try and come up with a solution in the near future, and there is no doubt Ben Stokes will be severely warned.

If this incident were to be repeated, then Stokes' career could be in serious jeopardy, and the punishment could become much more severe.

Yet, for now, he is expected to be named in the Ashes squad, and will pay a crucial role in the upcoming series for England.

Topics:
Cricket
The Ashes
ODI
Kevin Pietersen
T20
Joe Root
England cricket

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