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Former England cricketer previously jailed for trafficking drugs from St. Lucia speaks out

By Nottingham Post

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IN PICTURE: Chris Lewis pictured at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Nottingham. STORY: LEAD: Former Notts and England cricket star Chris Lewis talks to Notts players about his rehab after going to prison between 2-4pm in the long room at Trent bridge PHOTOGRAPHER: MARK FEAR

IN PICTURE: Chris Lewis pictured at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Nottingham.
STORY: LEAD: Former Notts and England cricket star Chris Lewis talks to Notts players about his rehab after going to prison between 2-4pm in the long room at Trent bridge
PHOTOGRAPHER: MARK FEAR

NOTTINGHAM POST – As Chris Lewis sits in the Long Room at Trent Bridge, Nottinghamshire players run fielding drills on the outfield.

He is back living close to Trent Bridge, his home ground for three years until 1995.

This is the first time he has been back in more than 10 years though, when he bowled at a young Kevin Pietersen in the nets.

Now 48, Lewis has just told the players of the “wrong choices” which led to his arrest in late 2008 for smuggling £140,000 worth of liquid cocaine into the country.

He was released last June after serving six years of a 13 year sentence.

Perhaps unsurprisingly the former England all-rounder does not go into great detail of his time in prison, referring to “getting his thoughts in order” as he tried not to succumb completely to his dire situation.

Freedom restored, he is touring the country with the Professionl Cricketers Association telling players why they should get their house in order now and not take the wrong path after retirement, even if that path is not as extreme as the one he walked.

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