Mitchell Starc has urged Australian crowds to unleash a verbal barrage on Ben Stokes if the England all-rounder somehow makes it here for the Ashes. Stokes is at long odds to tour Australia after being replaced in the England squad pending the outcome of a police investigation into a fight outside a Bristol nightclub in which he was shown in video footage to punch another man to the ground. While the 26-year-old will not arrive with Joe Root's touring party later this month, England director of cricket Andrew Strauss has left the door ajar for the vice-captain to resume his place for the five-Test series. Fast bowler Stuart Broad was the primary target of crowds four years ago after refusing to walk at Trent Bridge when he had edged the ball during an Ashes Test only months earlier, while Kevin Pietersen was also tormented in what was ultimately his final Test series. If Stokes was to make an appearance in Australia this summer, he stands to be public enemy No.1. "You can only imagine," Starc said on Monday when asked about the reception Stokes could expect. "I guess I'd love if he was out here. I'd love for the Australian crowd to get stuck into him the way the Poms get stuck into our blokes over there. "Regardless of whether he's here or not, I think the atmosphere is going to be great at all the grounds. I'm really looking forward to that atmosphere and if Ben is playing I'm sure it's going to be hyped up and really loud. But I'm sure Ben knows how to cope with that sort of stuff if he does play." Australian opener David Warner was targeted by England crowds in 2013 after he returned from a two-Test suspension and the additional purgatory of a stint with the Australia A team in South Africa midway through the Ashes. While Warner barely clipped Root in their infamous run-in at the Walkabout bar in Birmingham, and faced no police action, the violent nature of Stokes' alleged altercation with two men is on a different level altogether. Starc has been subjected to taunting from beyond the boundary in England and while he has taken it in his stride he is encouraging crowds in Australia to give the tourists a hostile welcome with or without Stokes. He believes it can make a material difference to the performance of some players. "Why not? Go for it. The Aussie boys will be backing you all the way in," Starc said at the launch of a three-year partnership between Cricket Australia and Mastercard Australia in Sydney. "On certain people I think it can [affect their performance]. On different characters, people take it differently. For certain guys, if they're copping it in the crowd they enjoy the banter, they give it back and really enjoy that atmosphere and that banter both ways with the crowd. "Other guys will go into their shell and it might affect their cricket. I know what's happened to people ... I've copped a lot over in England as well and I'm sure the Aussie crowd will be giving it back to the Poms like they did to Broady and KP the last time they were here." Starc, hoping to play his second game in his comeback from a foot injury for NSW in Friday's JLT Cup match against Queensland at Drummoyne Oval, brushed off criticism of the Australian team by England great Ian Botham. The legendary all-rounder has called Steve Smith's men "one of the poorest sides I've seen in a long time". While Australia are in a worrisome habit of losing - they dropped the one-day series in India 4-1, and lost the first Twenty20 international in Ranchi on Sunday -Starc is not overly concerned. "They've got to pump up their team as much as they can," he said when asked about Botham. "But for us, we'll just take it when they get on the plane and they get here we'll assess them and go. It's no different to the Aussie media talking us up or the Poms talking their team up. It's all talk until the action starts. "We can sit back at the end of the Sydney Test and say then whether they were right or wrong and bag them then. But for us now it's all systems forward, just enjoying some domestic cricket and really preparing for the Ashes."