England’s 4-0 defeat in Australia earlier this year was the catalyst for a change of direction with New Zealander Brendon McCullum taking over the Test team and Stokes as captain.
The team displayed a fearless cricket mark, called ‘Bazball‘, under new management, winning six of seven Tests, including a 2-1 series win against South Africa.
“At the start of April, if you had said they had a chance of winning the Ashes back next year, we would have said they couldn’t do it,” Vaughan wrote in his column for The Daily Telegraph.
“But, after a remarkable summer of test cricketit’s clear: England can find the ballot box next summer.”
“Australia will respect the aggressive way England have played this summer. And they will be afraid of it too, knowing that England can attack and are so dangerous from every position.”
Playing an aggressive brand of cricket without any fear of failure has made the current England squad such an exciting side, the 47-year-old said.
“Stokes’ management group and head coach Brendon McCullum have been so clear in releasing the shackles of any pressure on the pitch,” he wrote.
“They have sent a clear message to the opposition that they are here to win, from any position.”
The team can still improve by mixing tact with their usual approach, Vaughan said in reference to the second Test against South Africa.
“If they want to be the best team in the world for any length of time, they’ll have to play more consistently – combine that flair they’ve shown all summer with that tenacity and insight.”