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Cricketers turn their hand to art

England's cricketers are swapping bat and ball for pen and paper and turning their hand to art for charity.

Top players have taken time out from their attempt to win the Ashes to sketch portraits of each other in aid of a new charitable appeal.

Batsman Ian Bell's efforts consist of a simple stick man to represent bowler Steven Finn, while Finn has drawn Kevin Pietersen circa 2005, complete with his now infamous "skunk" haircut.

And Joe Root displays hitherto unknown artistic skills. The batsman, who took art at A-level, has turned his hand to drawing Bell and Monty Panesar.

Members of the England Women's cricket team have also submitted drawings, with Lydia Greenway drawing captain Charlotte Edwards and Jenny Gunn capturing Katherine Brunt.

The portraits were drawn at the request of three cricket charities - The Lord's Taverners, Chance to Shine and the PCA Benevolent Fund - and will be auctioned to raise money for the Cricket United appeal.

England captain Alastair Cook said: "It's a bit of fun and the lads enjoyed doing something completely different for charity. We hope the portraits will raise significant funds for three fantastic charities, The Lord's Taverners, Chance to Shine and the PCA Benevolent Fund, and help improve lives through cricket."

The eBay auction ends at 1pm on Sunday August 4.

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