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The Ashes: Mitchell Johnson, Ben Stokes charged for clash

Monday, 9 December 2013 - 9:44am IST | Agency: Reuters

Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson and England all-rounder Ben Stokes have been charged for "inappropriate and deliberate conduct" after clashing during the second Ashes test. The pair made contact in a heated exchange on Sunday during the fourth day's play. Australia won the match by 218 runs on Monday.

The pair had both pleaded not guilty to the charge in a hearing. Match referee Jeff Crowe was deliberating and was expected to hand down his decision within 24 hours. The maximum penalty for a breach of the ICC's contact rule is a ban of one test and/or a fine of their entire match fee.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Patrick Johnston)

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