Cape Town - Former Australia captain Ian Chappell believes England stand
no chance of winning the Ashes Down Under if all-rounder Ben Stokes misses
Stokes, who is England's Test vice-captain, is in danger of
missing the series after being charged by police after being involved in a
punch-up with a member of the public in Bristol in the early hours of Monday
The Durham player was still named in England's 16-man Ashes
squad on Wednesday but has now been suspended by the ECB until further
investigation after a video emerged of the incident.
Chappell told Sydney's Daily Telegraph: "They can't win
without him (Stokes) for a number of reasons.
"Obviously his ability is the main thing, but also,
he's a match-winning player and those sort of players drag the rest along with
them and make them better.
"He's probably one of those players inspired by playing
against the better teams and again that has a flow on effect to the fellas that
don't have that sort of confidence.
"I don't think they've got a hope in hell without
The five-match Ashes series gets underway in November with
the first Test starting on 23 November in Brisbane.