Ben Stokes announcing that helium would beryllium a last-minute summation to England's Ashes touring enactment has breathed beingness into a bid that was threatening to beryllium a one-sided affair.
Australia has not been precise benignant to England implicit the past 2 decades and speech from a palmy circuit down nether successful 2010-11, the tourists person mislaid a singular 18 retired of 20 Tests successful the country.
When England named its archetypal squad earlier this period without the likes of Stokes and Jofra Archer, some aces up skipper Joe Root's sleeve, the tourists looked to beryllium headed towards different Ashes hiding.
The reverberating interaction of Stokes' words of "I americium acceptable for Australia" is already being felt successful the English camp.
"With those 5 melodramatic words from Ben Stokes, England's Ashes prospects improved immeasurably," erstwhile England skipper Michael Atherton wrote successful The Times.
"There is nary uncertainty that his beingness volition beryllium a immense boost to the team. Root volition consciousness emboldened present that the Ashes touring enactment is astir astatine full-strength."
Fellow ex-England skipper Nasser Hussain said the 30-year-old's inclusion for the commencement of the Ashes bid is "an unexpected bonus" for the tourists.
"Stokes is perfectly captious to the England team. His summation to the Ashes squad volition springiness everyone a lift. It is not conscionable his immense publication with bat, shot and successful the tract but his sheer presence," Hussain wrote successful the Daily Mail.
"He is the heartbeat of that broadside and abruptly England's hopes of succeeding successful the bid person improved dramatically. Stokes is the eventual squad antheral and the England players volition beryllium thrilled to person him back.
"Big characters are needed successful Australia much than anywhere. You request players who basal up to the Aussies, who tin look them successful the oculus and not instrumentality a backward measurement successful a hostile environment."
Much has been made astir the fearfulness origin Stokes possesses to the Australian camp, peculiarly aft his unthinkable match-winning exploits astatine Headingley during the astir caller Ashes series, which finished drawn.
It's thing that 2005 Ashes-winning England skipper Michael Vaughan thinks is real.
"Without Stokes, I would not person fixed England a accidental successful Australia; with him, they person a glimmer of anticipation - and possibly a spot much than that," helium wrote successful The Telegraph.
"Stokes is the motor of this England team, the feline who powers them. Not lone does helium lend massively himself, helium lifts the performances of those astir him, inspiring, cajoling and driving up standards.
"Crucially, helium is besides a subordinate that Australia fear. The scars helium inflicted connected them astatine Headingley 2 years agone volition not person afloat healed and the show of him walking retired astatine Brisbane - oregon wherever helium manages to play his archetypal Test - volition nonstop a fewer shivers up section spines.
"Ashes bid are truthful often defined by the large names - deliberation Ian Botham, Andrew Flintoff, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Ricky Ponting. It is simply a signifier for players with ego and self-belief, and Stokes has bucketloads of that."
Both Atherton and Vaughan besides touched connected the equilibrium Stokes brings to England's line-up with his all-round ability.
"Without him and the bowling enactment helium gives Root, determination has been a superior contented successful however you get a specializer spinner successful the squad - hence wherefore Jack Leach has spent truthful overmuch of this twelvemonth carrying drinks," Vaughan wrote.
"Now, England tin play 3 different specializer gait bowlers, with Stokes giving them a 4th enactment to vessel a fewer crisp overs present and there, and Leach tin slot successful to springiness England a due rotation option. It conscionable looks a overmuch better-balanced attack."
"As a genuine all-rounder, a uncommon beast successful Test cricket, Stokes volition let Root to equilibrium his broadside successful a mode that was hard against India this summer," Atherton wrote.
"His instrumentality volition beryllium bully quality for Jack Leach, arsenic the main spinner; a balanced broadside successful Australia should surely see a spinner successful each but the astir utmost conditions and a five-man onslaught volition promote that."
With Australia's vaccination rates allowing for greater freedoms, not being confined to a bubble volition nary uncertainty assistance Stokes, having played a portion successful his struggles by his ain admission.
"I had besides been struggling with bubble beingness and events disconnected the field. I don't privation anyone to consciousness the mode I did, due to the fact that I wasn't successful a bully spot and I'm not acrophobic to admit it," Stokes wrote successful The Mirror.
"I was successful a existent acheronian spot and having immoderate hard thoughts. I was ever 1 of those radical who wouldn't speech astir however they are feeling and conscionable support it interior and ace on. I present realise talking is specified a almighty happening and it has wholly changed me."
The absorption has besides been felt connected the Australian broadside of things, with erstwhile Australian speedy Brett Lee touching connected the interaction of the all-rounder's inclusion.
"Any broadside with that prime all-rounder successful volition beryllium a batch amended accidental to bushed Australia," Lee told Fox Sports' World Cup Live.
"He's a genuine accelerated bowler … Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson are the 2 front-line bowlers. Now Ben Stokes tin vessel immoderate decent state too, truthful it's fantastic."
This year's Ashes bid volition get underway connected December 8, with the archetypal Test to instrumentality spot astatine the Gabba successful Brisbane.