Moeen Ali convinced England will live on without Ben Stokes

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In a rallying cry to the news that Ben Stokes will most likely not be allowed to join up with the England ODI team after his incident in Bristol, Moeen Ali has insisted that his loss will not be monumental for the team.

The dishonoured Stokes may well escape a charge from law enforcement, but a number of outlets are reporting that the ECB will definitely not allow him to travel to Australia for the Ashes and are already looking for suitable replacements.

And although Stokes is considered a match-winner for Joe Root's side, Ali remains confident the tourists can still get the job done this winter.

On the prospect of winning the Ashes, Ali said: "Yes, otherwise I feel there's no point in going out there. If he's not there then we're going to have to play well without him, but I definitely feel we can still win," as per the Daily Mail.

"We all know how good a cricketer he is and what he can bring to the table. He's one of the main players we have and it would be great to have him out there, but we'll see what happens."

However, in the left hander's opinion, his exclusion may come as a blessing in disguise with other names now in the running for selection and a reshuffle in the batting order.

"The higher up the order, the better," he added. "I'd be very comfortable. I'm kind of used to No 8, but if I get told to bat seven I feel capable of doing well there. Hopefully I can show that I can go out there and play well against them."

Interestingly, Ali is much more dependable as a batsman at 7, as he averages 68 - 38 more than his average at No.8.

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Although arguably England's best all-rounder, the loss of Stokes will now result in new faces being included, with the likes of Liam Livingstone, Tom Westley, Liam Plunkett and Steven Finn all being touted as potential options to take over the berth left by Stokes. 

Moeen Ali thinks regardless of new inclusions and Stokes' inevitable exclusion, England are still very much strong enough to take on and defeat Australia in their own back yard.

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