England are heading for defeat with or without the troubled all-rounder Ben Stokes, former Australia batsman Greg Blewett has said.
Stokes and opener Alex Hales have been suspended from international cricket indefinitely, pending an investigation into an altercation outside a nightclub in Bristol last week.
“I’m sure they will sanction him. They are having their internal investigation. That will play out,” Blewett, a 46-test righthanded batsman, told Reuters in an interview in Adelaide on Tuesday.
“It would be a shame if he’s not out here. I think everyone wants to play against the strongest possible team.
“But even if he was (to come), I think Australia are going to be too good at home anyway. With or without Ben Stokes I don’t see a different result but I think England would love to have him in their side” he added.