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Last Updated: Monday, 27 September, 2004, 14:52 GMT 15:52 UK
Wagg admits taking cocaine
Graham Wagg
Wagg bowling for England A against India A in February
Warwickshire cricketer Graham Wagg has pleaded guilty to failing a drugs test for cocaine.

The England A all-rounder attended a hearing of the England and Wales Cricket Board's disciplinary panel and admitted taking the drug.

The hearing, which was held at Lord's on Monday, was adjourned until 18 October when his punishment will be handed out.

The 21-year-old, who faces a lengthy ban, has expressed his remorse.

Wagg gave the positive sample after a random drugs test following the final Totesport League game of the season against Gloucestershire.

A statement released on his behalf said: "Mr Wagg is deeply remorseful and determined to show his employers and cricket fans that he will accept the punishment meted out to him."

Wagg took five wickets on his Championship debut against Somerset two years ago and toured India with England A last winter.

But he has since been hampered by a back injury and did not make any appearances in Warwickshire's County Championship winning squad during the past season.

Any cricketer found to have taken a prohibited substance can expect a lengthy ban from the game.

Ed Giddins was suspended for 18 months in 1996 after traces of cocaine showed up in a random drugs test.

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