Manchester Evening News - - SPORT -

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.

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