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Ben Stokes accidentally punches Adil Rashid during celebration in fourth Test vs India

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England clinched the Test series against India on Sunday with victory in the fourth Test at the Ageas Bowl, leading 3-1 with just one match to be played.

Moeen Ali, making his return to the teams after five months, took the initiative with the ball in both innings as he claimed five and four wickets respectively, as well as scoring 40 crucial runs in England's first innings.

It took a while for the spinner to make a breakthrough on day four but he took the prized wickets of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane which prompted another lower order slump from the tourists.

Kohli and Rahane put up an admirable fight back with a partnership worth just over 100 but England would have always felt confident that one wicket would quickly turn the fate of the match back in their favour.

And after each wicket fell, England took another step closer to victory, reflected in their celebrations, which turned into a slightly painful experience for Adil Rashid.

That's because Rashid found himself the target of an accidental punch from Ben Stokes immediately after the dismissal of Rahane.

The England all-rounder went to celebrate the wicket with Ali - who had trapped Rahane lbw and seen the batsman's review denied - but, did not notice Rashid was standing right behind the spinner.

As Stokes hugged the bowler, his hands went past Ali and inadvertently hit Rashid in the face.

Luckily the impact was not too forceful, the last thing Stokes needs is another story about an act of violence given his recent court case.

Nevertheless, you can understand his delight as England now head to the Oval with the series already wrapped up.

England have not lost a Test series at home since 2014 but there are still plenty of issues in the team, particularly at the top of the batting line up.

Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings and Jonny Bairstow have all struggled for runs and Root himself dropped back down the order to four in a bid to improve his form.

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