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Test Match Special listeners reduced to tears as Jonathan Agnew reads heartbreaking letter from son reliving his dad’s death as they listened to the cricket

CRICKET fans were left in tears after Test Match Special Commentator Jonathan Agnew read out one of the most emotional of letters ever sent in.

During the Third Test at Trent Bridge on Day Three, Agnew took time out to read out an heartbreaking story of one man's battle with severe illness.

 England's victory against India in the second Test was even out-shadowed by one reader's letter sent in to Test Match Special
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England's victory against India in the second Test was even out-shadowed by one reader's letter sent in to Test Match Special
 This was the emotional letter sent in by Patrick detailing how his father John Taylor died after listening to his favourite cricket show
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This was the emotional letter sent in by Patrick detailing how his father John Taylor died after listening to his favourite cricket show

John Taylor, cricket fan and a former pharmacist died listening to the popular sports programme after losing his battle against "a beamer in the form of leukemia, the yorker of muscular dystrophy, the googly of Parkinson’s and the reverse swing of diabetes."

He died aged 83 after he "finally faced the inevitable, unplayable delivery and left the field of play".

The letter had been sent in by the man's son, Patrick.

He described how his father died not long after tuning in to listen to his favourite cricket programme on his mobile phone in hospital.

 Star cricket commentator Joanthan Agnew had the ominous task of reading out the most emotional of letters live on air
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Star cricket commentator Joanthan Agnew had the ominous task of reading out the most emotional of letters live on air

Patrick added that "I don’t think it’s any coincidence that he passed peacefully just after England had sealed victory".

Chris Woakes smashed his maiden Test century as England defeated India at Lords to go 2-0 up in the Series.

After the emotional video was posted on Twitter by the programme, cricket fans expressed their sadness at the situation.

Michael Dear wrote on Twitter: "Truly beautiful. Thank you to the emailer for sharing the details of your fathers obdurate and vital innings.

 John Taylor had just listened in to Chris Woakes cracking his maiden Test century, against India, before losing his battle with life
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John Taylor had just listened in to Chris Woakes cracking his maiden Test century, against India, before losing his battle with life

"You pride and love for him shine through. Wishing you nothing but best wishes and good fortune."

Johnny French replied: "100% agree. Beautiful work Aggers – I don’t know how you held it together.

"I don’t mind admitting that I had tears flowing listening to that."

And Andy Slee added: "Brilliantly written and perfectly read. Much like the BBC, TMS is Britain at its very very best."

Test Match Special was first broadcast in 1957, and is now one of Five Live Sport Extra's flagship shows.

CRICKET fans were left in tears after Test Match Special commentator Jonathan Agnew read out one of the most emotional of letters ever sent in.



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