The Ashes: Peter Siddle plays down verbal spats on the field, loves playing against Kevin Pietersen

Australia paceman Peter Siddle played down the incident between Ben Stokes and Mitchell Johnson, which needed the intervention of umpires Marais Erasmus and Kumar Dharmasena at times late in the day.

updated: December 08, 2013 20:12 IST
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Adelaide: A physical confrontation and verbal sparring again marred a tense day on Sunday as Australia closed in on victory over England in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.

Australia's fearsome fast bowler Mitchell Johnson appeared to brush shoulders with England debutant Ben Stokes, and Matt Prior (31 not out) had a running verbal battle with several Australian players in the day's final overs.

The Australians are poised for victory and a 2-0 series lead heading into Monday's final day, with England hanging on at 247 for six while chasing an improbable target of 531 runs.

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