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Reeve admits addiction to cocaine

May 22, 2005 20:02 IST

Former England all rounder Dermot Reeve has admitted he had a cocaine habit so severe that he has no recollection of two days' Test cricket commentary for the Channel Four team last year.

Reeve told The Mail on Sunday he had taken a combination of alcohol and cocaine after the second day of the first Test between England and New Zealand at Lord's followed by two sleeping tablets.

"I woke up late and didn't arrive at the ground till midday on the Saturday. I was meant to be at the ground for 10 am," he said.

"I have no recollection of seeing the ball on Saturday or Sunday. I had to watch the video of the match to hear what I said.

"My bosses took me to one side at the end of Sunday. They knew I was having problems and suggested I took Monday off. It was a reality check and it was also very frightening."

Reeve, 43, who quit the Channel Four team last week, said the addiction had also wrecked his second marriage.

 

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