England under Ben Stokes capable of winning Ashes next year says Michael Vaughan

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England under Ben Stokes capable of winning Ashes next year says Michael Vaughan
England under Ben Stokes capable of winning Ashes next year says Michael Vaughan

England under Ben Stokes capable of winning Ashes next year says Michael Vaughan

Former captain Michael Vaughan is confident that Ben Stokes and his team can steal the Ashes urn from longtime rivals Australia next year as a result of England’s strong home summer.

Brendon McCullum, a New Zealander, took over as the Test team’s head coach and Ben Stokes was named captain after England’s 4-0 thrashing in Australia earlier this year.

Under the new captain, the squad has played a fearless brand of cricket known as “Bazball,” winning six of seven Test matches, including a 2-1 series triumph over South Africa.

“At the start of April, if you had said they had a chance to win back the Ashes next year we would have said there was no way they could do it,” Vaughan wrote in his column for the Daily Telegraph.

“But, on the back of a remarkable summer of Test cricket, it is clear: England can regain the urn next summer.”

“Australia will respect the aggressive way that England have played this summer. And they will fear it too, knowing that England can attack and are so dangerous from all positions.”

The 47-year-old claimed that the current England team was so thrilling because they played an aggressive style of cricket without any fear of failure.

“The leadership group of Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum have been so clear in releasing the shackles of any pressure on the field,” he wrote.

“They have sent a clear message to the opposition that they are out to win, from any position.”

In referring to the second Test against South Africa, Vaughan remarked that the team may improve even more by combining tact with their customary gung-ho attitude.

“If they want to be the best team in the world for a period then they will have to play more consistently – combine that flair they have displayed all summer with that toughness and shrewdness.”