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With Stokes leading the way, nothing can stop England now: Vaughan

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In 1981, Mike Brearley had Ian Botham. In 2005 I had Andrew Flintoff. In 2019 Joe Root has Ben Stokes. The first two won their captain an Ashes series. The third will do the same.

I was involved in one of the great Ashes Tests at Edgbaston, but this was better. We nearly lost that game in 2005. England won this one from nowhere.

Ben Stokes makes his way from the pitch after leading England to an unlikely, historic victory.Credit:AP

At 9-286, with another 73 runs needed, England were done and dusted.

Stokes's team were 1-0 down in the series, he was facing a really strong attack and the Ashes were staying in Australia. But all of a sudden this colossal superman saved the series.

What Botham achieved in 1981 was special. But if England win the Ashes then Stokes in 2019 will be better than Beefy in '81 because he won us the World Cup, too.

There are still problems with this England team and their batting. But when you have players such as Stokes in your side, there can be lots wrong with your team but you can still win. Players like Stokes just have that mentality, belief, ethic of working hard, and a "give me the ball and I will get us over the line" attitude. Forget this nonsense about teams being a collective and a tight group,........

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