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GEORGE Russell, Britain’s newest Formula One recruit, revealed his mother swore and his father was left on the brink of tears when he told them he had been hired by Williams.
The 20-year-old from King’s Lynn, Norfolk, will join Lewis Hamilton and McLaren rookie Lando Norris as the third British driver on the grid next season after signing a multi-year contract.
“My father had a tear in his eye and said he had been waiting for this day for 20 years. It then hit home what a massive deal it was,” said Russell.
CRICKET Joe Root claims England are ready to banish the notion they are vulnerable against ‘mystery spin’ by taming Sri Lanka in their own conditions in the second ODI today.
“Every bowler you’ve never faced before is mystery, because you don’t know what you’re going to get,” he said.
“But, as a batter, it’s very easy to build things up, to overanticipate how things will go. Most importantly you have to play what’s in front of you.”
FOOTBALL Usain Bolt said opening his Central Coast Mariners account was “a weight off his shoulders” as the world’s fastest man bagged a second-half brace in a 4-0 win.
The 32-year-old is on an indefinite trial with the A-League club.