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Both players were cleared of all charges
Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson and England all-rounder Ben Stokes have been found not guilty of breaching the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct after they were reported for colliding into each other during day four of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.
The incident occurred in the 84th over of England’s second innings when Johnson and Stokes collided into each other as the all-rounder was completing a run.
Both players pleaded not guilty when they were charged under Article 2.2.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct, which refers to “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between Players in the course of play during an International Match.”
Johnson and Stokes were charged by on-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Marais Erasmus, third umpire Tony Hill and fourth umpire Simon Fry.
Separate hearings were conducted for both players and Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees cleared them of all charges.
“I am satisfied in respect of both players that their physical contact was not deliberate,” Crowe said. “Both players, however, could have done more to avoid each other and they have been so counseled.
“We do not condone physical contact, but recognize that on occasions such contact could be accidental.”