The lone England fan who watched the primary Take a look at in opposition to Sri Lanka revealed the lengths he went to to observe the sport from afar.
Rob Lewis, aka DJ Randy Caddick, was the only real member of the Barmy Military on the fort in Galle after patiently ready ten months for the tour.
He travelled to Sri Lanka final March to observe the vacationers play however the tour was cancelled because of the coronavirus’ devastation on the sporting world.
As an alternative of coming dwelling, although, Lewis stayed in Sri Lanka till England returned.
His persistence paid off and was one of many solely folks to see the motion stay however it wasn’t all plain crusing.
Talking to Hawksebee and Jacobs, Lewis mentioned: “I’ve had loads of hassle. On day one, I received up there good and early and spent two hours placing these massive banners up – 5 metres by three metres – and that was fairly a process.
“I then belted out Jerusalem as loud as I might however after that it went a bit pear-shaped. The police kicked me off, they weren’t comfortable in any respect.
“Then after one other hour they took my banners down, which I used to be fairly coronary heart damaged about. I spent the following two days strolling across the floor trying by fences, going to the police station making an attempt to get permission.
“I even dressed up as a building employee with a tough hat and hi-vis on however received caught by the police once more. They mentioned ‘why are you dressed like that mate?’. I mentioned ‘I’m on a piece web site, security first’ they usually began laughing.
“They mentioned ‘you actually wish to watch the cricket, don’t you?’ And so they then let me watch the night session of day one, which was good of them.
“On day two they weren’t having any of it in any respect. I couldn’t stand up there and sing Jerusalem and it was horrible.
“Fortunately I received placed on a media checklist by numerous contacts and cellphone calls so I managed to stand up there by the tip of day two and day three onwards I’ve been perched on the fort and the view has been unbelievable.”
Rob was rewarded for his efforts seeing England cruise to a seven-wicket win with captain Joe Root scoring a powerful double hundred.
Root saluted him after reaching the 200 run mark and even known as him after the Take a look at match to thank him for help.
He added: “(I’m) on prime of the world, nonetheless hasn’t actually sunk in right now.
“It was (a particular second). I’ve been in crowds once they salute you when there’s lots of people there however when it was simply me it was actually fairly touching, a really particular second certainly.”