Cairns, 45, faces a charge of perjury after successfully suing Indian Premier League (IPL) founder Lalit Modi for accusing home of match-fixing on Twitter in 2010.
Cairns won £90,000 (USD 135,700) in damages from Modi in the March 2012 trial but he is alleged to have lied to the court when he said that he had 'never, ever cheated at cricket'.
He also faces a charge of perverting the course of justice over allegations that he persuaded fellow cricketer Lou Vincent to provide a false witness statement for him during a Skype conversation.
Cairns's legal adviser Andrew Fitch-Holland, 50, is also accused of perverting the course of justice. Both men deny the charges.
Perjury is a criminal offense in Britain, for which those found guilty can be sent to prison.

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