Stokes needs to alter lifestyle, says Michael Vaughan

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has advised Ben Stokes to alter his lifestyle after the 26-year-old was taken in custody following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in the wee hours of Monday morning.

"People have said to him (Stokes) there is only one person who can ruin your career and that is you. Nobody else," Michael Vaughan wrote in his column.   -  Getty Images

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has advised Ben Stokes to alter his lifestyle after the 26-year-old was taken in custody following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in the wee hours of Monday morning.

"I have been privy to private conversations about him recently and he has been given strong warnings about his lifestyle," Vaughan wrote in his column for the Daily Telegraph.

"People have said to him (Stokes) there is only one person who can ruin your career and that is you. Nobody else.

"In time we could be describing him as a cricketing genius. But he has to understand that if he wants to be a superstar, and go over to India, earn huge IPL contracts and keep them, he has to be careful off the field," he added.

Stokes became the highest paid cricketer in the IPL when Rising Pune Supergiant lapped him for a whopping  £1.7m before the start of last season. Lauding his all-round ability, Vaughan wrote, "He has the talent, plays all three formats relatively easily, and has the world at his feet," while adding a caveat, "But on the field he is a streetwise cricketer. He understands the game. He gets cricket. But he is not streetwise off the pitch and that could be his downfall. I am hoping this is his lesson."

The talismanic all-rounder will not feature for the host in the fourth One-Day International against West Indies on Wednesday but is likely to be named in the England squad for the upcoming Ashes.

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