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Queen greets cricketers at Lord's

The Queen has met England and Australia's cricketers before the start of the second Ashes test.

England captain Alastair Cook introduced the Queen to his players who hold a 1-0 lead going into the eagerly anticipated second test.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth meets England's players. Credit: REUTERS/Philip Brown
ritain's Queen Elizabeth meets members of the England cricket team before play on the first day of the second Ashes test Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Winning
Queen Elizabeth II walks through the Long Room inside the Pavilion at Lord's Cricket Ground Credit: PA Wire

England cricketers greet Queen ahead of Ashes Test

England and Australia's cricketers were all smiles as they met the Queen before going head-to-head in another eagerly anticipated Ashes Test match in London.

The monarch walked out on to the famous pitch at Lord's cricket ground to meet the batsmen and bowlers who were lined up ahead of the day's play.

Queen Elizabeth II is introduced to the players on day One of the Second Investec Ashes Test. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II is introduced to the players on day One of the Second Investec Ashes Test. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

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Queen to visit Lords ahead of Ashes second test

The Queen will visit Lords cricket ground today ahead of the second Ashes Test between England and Australia.

The monarch will be presented to the players before play gets underway at 11.15am.

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Court rejects appeals by spot-fixing Pakistani cricketers

Appeals by two Pakistani cricketers to have their bans overturned following a spot-fixing scandal have been rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Former Captain Salman Butt and bowler Mohammad Asif were banned for 10 and seven years respectively following an International Cricket Council Tribunal in 2011.

Both were linked to a plot to bowl deliberate no-balls in the Lord's Test against England in 2010.

The court ruled that the sanction imposed on Mr Butt was proportionate and did not find any mitigating circumstances.

Mr Asif, who challenged his ban on procedural grounds, did not advance any evidence to exculpate him from the scandal, the court found.

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Professional Cricketers' Association statement

We, along with Surrey CCC, Glamorgan CCC and the ECB have supported everyone impacted both directly and indirectly by Tom's death, collectively with bereavement counselling, and individually where necessary.

Amongst the headlines which will inevitably be generated by the inquest findings, consideration must now be given to the Maynard family who are experiencing a further wave of tragedy. We must all now move forward and remember Tom as a tremendously talented young man who had so much to look forward to. We must focus on building a positive legacy in his memory.

– Angus Porter, PCA Chief Executive
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Maynard family: 'Inquest results do not define our son'

Tom Maynard, 33, died after being hit by a Tube train last June. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The family of Tom Maynard has said "the results of the inquest do not define our son" after it revealed the county cricketer to be a regular cocaine user and up to four times over the drink driving limit at the time of his death.

A statement issued by the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA) on behalf of the Maynard family said: "The fact that so very many people thought the world of him is what defines him as a person."

”The only people who would judge Tom on the findings of the inquest are people who didn’t know him," it added. "He made choices that night that tragically cost him his life but his devastated family and friends will love and miss him unconditionally, always."

The PCA said it was "saddened by the information which has come to light from the inquest" and said it was supporting "his family, friends and teammates at this difficult time."

The body also reiterated a "commitment to assisting players via its Personal Development and Welfare programme."

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