Stokes, Johnson not penalised after collision

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Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson and England all-rounder Ben Stokes have been cleared of misconduct after colliding on day four of the second Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval.

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson and England all-rounder Ben Stokes have been cleared of misconduct after colliding on day four of the second Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval.

An International Cricket Council hearing decided against a a maximum penalty of a one-Test ban or full match fee fine, after both players pleaded not guilty.

The hosts, who lead the five-match series two-nil, have named an unchanged squad for the third fixture, which will get underway in Perth on Friday.

Former captain Ian Botham, meanwhile, found consolation in the performance of debutant Ben Stokes. While the debutant largely failed with the bat, he delivered key spells with the ball – and removed centurion Michael Clarke in the first innings.

"Ben was the quickest of the England bowlers, on debut. There's a message there," said Botham. "England have got to think about where they are going to go and say 'how much do you want it boys? Do you want to go home five-nil or do you want to make a fight of it?'

"That's the question you've got to be asking the dressing room now. Australia wanted this so much. They've lost the last three series. England had a chance to set a record and Australia weren't going to let them do it.

"From what I've seen here, they are the side who want it. They are the most hungry of the two sides. They want the victory and they are going out there and they are playing accordingly."

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