The lone England fan who watched the first Test against Sri Lanka revealed the lengths he went to to watch the game from afar.
Rob Lewis, aka DJ Randy Caddick, was the sole member of the Barmy Army on the fort in Galle after patiently waiting ten months for the tour.
Rob Lewis has been in Sri Lanka 10 months waiting for the Test seriesAFP or licensors
He travelled to Sri Lanka last March to watch the tourists play but the tour was cancelled due to the coronavirus’ devastation on the sporting world.
Instead of coming home, though, Lewis stayed in Sri Lanka until England returned.
His patience paid off and was one of the only people to see the action live but it wasn’t all plain sailing.
Speaking to Hawksebee and Jacobs, Lewis said: “I’ve had plenty of trouble. On day one, I got up there nice and early and spent two hours putting these big banners up – five metres by three metres – and that was quite a task.
Joe Root raised his bat to Rob Lewis after hitting a double century
“I then belted out Jerusalem as loud as I could but after that it went a bit pear-shaped. The police kicked me off, they weren’t happy at all.
“Then after another hour they took my banners down, which I was quite heart broken about. I spent the next two days walking around the ground looking through fences, going to the police station trying to get permission.
“I even dressed up as a construction worker with a hard hat and hi-vis on but got caught by the police again. They said ‘why are you dressed like that mate?’. I said ‘I’m on a work site, safety first’ and they started laughing.
“They said ‘you really want to watch the cricket, don’t you?’ And they then let me watch the evening session of day one, which was nice of them.
“On day two they weren’t having any of it at all. I couldn’t get up there and sing Jerusalem and it was terrible.
“Luckily I got put on a media list through various contacts and phone calls so I managed to get up there by the end of day two and day three onwards I’ve been perched on the fort and the view has been unbelievable.”
Rob watched the game from the fort at GalleAFP or licensors
Rob was rewarded for his efforts seeing England cruise to a seven-wicket win with captain Joe Root scoring a magnificent double hundred.
Root saluted him after reaching the 200 run mark and even called him after the Test match to thank him for support.
He added: “(I’m) on top of the world, still hasn’t really sunk in today.
“It was (a special moment). I’ve been in crowds when they salute you when there’s a lot of people there but when it was just me it was really quite touching, a very special moment indeed.”
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