Michael Vaughan hopes Ben Stokes is "hurting more than the team in the dressing room" after England surrendered the Ashes following their latest defeat in Perth.
Stokes' absence has lingered over England's tour, which hit another low when they crashed to an innings-and-41-run loss to Australia, who took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
The talismanic all-rounder has been suspended by England until the resolution of a criminal investigation into his arrest on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm following a late-night fracas outside a Bristol nightclub in September.
He has been cleared to compete by the England and Wales Cricket Board in New Zealand's domestic limited-overs competitions, but his international team-mates have toiled badly without him in Australia.
And Ashes 2005-winning captain Vaughan told BT Sport 1: "I would hope that Ben Stokes was watching and I would hope that he's hurting more than the team in the dressing room.
"As soon as Ben Stokes did what he did, it was very clear to me he was going to struggle to be in Australia. I said it straight away that I didn't think England would have any chance without Ben Stokes."
Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott questioned whether his presence would have had any impact on the result, and Vaughan replied: "No it wouldn't but I hope he's hurting more than the players that have been here."
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James Vince hopes England can remain in the Ashes despite the fact his rearguard effort was cut off by a devilish crack in the WACA pitch as Mitchell Starc served up an unplayable delivery.
England's stylish number three was in the process of building the most important innings of his Test career to date, just when the tourists needed him most.
But after unfurling 12 trademark boundaries, he was bowled off-stump when left-armer Starc hit a crack from round the wicket and found deviation Vince admits would have defeated him every time.
Vince was down on his luck but not on himself as he reflected after the fourth day on England's perilous situation - still 127 runs behind and seriously up against it to bat out the match.
"We have two guys (Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan) at the crease who spent a lot of time there in the first innings. We have to have belief we can stay in the series," he said.
"It's still frustrating to get out, but it's easier to take than the ones where you feel like you're at fault yourself. If I faced that another 20 or 30 times, I think it would get me out every time."
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England have moved Jonny Bairstow one place up the batting order to number six in an otherwise unchanged line-up for the third Ashes Test.
Bairstow batted at number seven in the previous two Tests of the series in Brisbane and Adelaide but has switched places with all-rounder Moeen Ali for the match in Perth.
England must at least draw at the WACA, where they have won just once since their first visit in 1970, to keep their hopes of retaining the urn alive.
Elsewhere England have made the call to put Moeen down to number seven after his largely unproductive series with the bat so far.
The all-rounder has made only 105 runs in four innings, falling on each occasion to in-form Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon.
Bairstow, who has been batting with the tail, therefore gets the opportunity to impress further up the order.
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