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Joe Root responds to fan who waited in Sri Lanka for 10 months

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England's Test captain spoke with Rob Lewis, who has been in Sri Lanka since March, from a distance.

Joe Root thanked a fan who waited in Sri Lanka for nearly a year to watch the team play, after England won the first Test of the series in Galle.

Rob Lewis, a web designer from Sunbury-on-Thames, first flew out to Sri Lanka on March 13 last year – and found out while he was on the plane that England’s tour had been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.

He stayed in the country however, and almost a year later was able to watch live as England beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets.

With no fans allowed into the ground, Mr Lewis became “almost a beacon for everyone at home” said Root, who afterwards spoke on the phone with the super fan.

Mr Lewis had been shooed away by police after watching the first few balls of the game from a fort overlooking the stadium on the first day of the Test, but was allowed back later and appeared to have been able to watch his team clinch victory from the same spot.

“It’s an incredible story. I read about it a little while back now. To see him struggle to get on the fort the first couple of days, then finally up there enjoying himself and getting to watch some cricket was fantastic,” said Root.

“He was almost a beacon for everyone at home watching on the screens. We are very lucky to get the support we do everywhere in the world. It was nice that at the end of the game I managed to have a little conversation with him over the phone.

“It was lovely for him to enjoy that moment with the rest of the group.”

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27205256173965
2Leicester CityLeicester28165748321653
3Manchester UnitedMan Utd27149453322151
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10Arsenal27115113528738
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12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2898112837-935
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16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton27511112735-826
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18Fulham27411122133-1223
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom2738162056-3617
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2842221645-2914
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