Former England cricketer Sir Ian Botham has suggested that Ben Stokes needs to understand the increasing attention that he could receive at the Ashes this winter.
The latest series between England and Australia will take place between November and January but vice-captain Ben Stokes has been left embroiled in controversy ahead of the matches.
The 26-year-old was allegedly caught-up in an altercation outside of a Bristol night club and was arrested, reportedly spending a night behind bars.
As a result of an injury suffered, he was dropped from the England ODI side which contested their latest fixture against the West Indies on Wednesday.
Botham has suggested that Stokes needs to learn to deal with the added attention in Australia following the latest problem.
Botham said: "We don't know all the details so we need to keep an open mind until we do but the one thing that comes out of this is that Ben [Stokes] needs to understand he is probably the most talked about cricketer in world cricket at the moment.
"He is a superstar of the game and unfortunately wherever he goes he's got to get used to the fact that there will be people who want a piece of him - particularly this winter in Australia."
Stokes, who has been named as vice-captain in England's squad for their trip to Australia, will be looking to retain the Ashes title for his team.
Botham advises Stokes to block-out all of the rumours and accusations in what is set to be an intense summer.
He said: "He'll get in a taxi and the driver will want to have a go; he'll get into the hotel and someone else will have a go. Anywhere you go it is all cricket and they'll be into him.
"I'd suggest that he joins the bat-cave club and is selective - think about where you are going to go and who you are going to go with. You cannot be going to places that leave you open to whatever abuse come your way."News Now - Sport News