England will be no pushovers in this year’s Ashes series despite the fact they’ll be missing key player Ben Stokes, according to former Australia fast-bowler Mitchell Johnson.
The England and Wales Cricket Board announced at the beginning of October that Stokes is not set to travel to Australia with the rest of the England squad “as things stand.”
Stokes was arrested in September after an incident outside a Bristol night club resulted in the England cricketer being accused of causing actual bodily harm.
However, Johnson is refusing to rule England out, with or without Stokes’ talents, and he said during an appearance on BBC Radio 5 live:
”I don’t think you can read too much into what people are commenting on ‘no Stokes, no England’. I think England can win without him. I think at a contest at that high level, anyone can win. If you’re Australia, you don’t want to be thinking they can’t win because Stokes isn’t there – that can bite you in the backside pretty quickly.”
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2017-18 Ashes Series Winner Odds
Australia: 4/9 (1.44)
Draw: 7/1 (8.00)
England: 3/1 (4.00)