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Mitchell & Ben get clean chits

Calcutta: Mitchell Johnson of Australia and England’s Ben Stokes have been found not guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the fourth day’s play in the second Test.

The two players had been charged after the close of play on Sunday 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.”

After both players pleaded not guilty, separate hearings were held at the conclusion of the Test, following which Match Referee Jeff Crowe cleared them of the charges.

Meanwhile, Australia will take the same 12-man squad to Perth for the third Test this week.

Selector John Inverarity said in a statement that uncapped fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile and 12-Test paceman Doug Bollinger would also be in Perth on standby.