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England cricketers to wear poppy on shirts during Test

By David Clough

Alastair Cook's England Test team will wear a poppy on the collar of their shirts on day three of the first Test against India in Rajkot. There has been none of the consternation here that has raged before England's football World Cup qualifying match with Scotland at Wembley tonight, over whether the Remembrance Day emblems can be worn.

In order to wear poppies on black armbands, Britain's footballers are having to defy world governing body FIFA - which has a directive prohibiting political, religious or commercial messages on shirts.

Cook's team are free to wear their poppies under existing International Cricket Council protocol.

Players and management will also observe a minute's silence on the outfield five minutes before the start of play.

Cook said: "It's important for the national team to pay their respects.

"We want to show our appreciation and thank all of our Armed Forces personnel for the fantastic work they do, and their families who support them.

"We are proud to support the Royal British Legion and the Poppy Appeal.

"The Legion's work is entirely dependent on the generosity from the public, and we hope that the team wearing their poppies with pride will help drive even more awareness and help make a real difference to the lives of servicemen and women, veterans and their loved ones."

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