The on-going Test clash between Australia and India is going on in full swing. To add more action to it, Cricket Australia has added a new member, Archie Schiller, to their squad to face India in the Boxing Day Test. The 7-year-old leggie would also be assisting Tim Paine in captaincy.
Archie Schiller is a cricket enthusiast who endures a heart disease at such a young age. The young lad has undergone three surgeries already. All thanks to the Make-A-Wish Australia Foundation, because of whom Archie is about to fulfil his dream.
“We were told that it could go either way. We’ve learned to take nothing for granted and to cherish every day we have with him,” Schiller’s mother Sarah recalled.
“Archie misses a lot of schooling which has a big impact on his friendships because if you miss your turn at batting or being goal umpire, there are no second chances.
“The other day he came home and said ‘I couldn’t find my friends and didn’t have the energy to run after them, so I just sat and read a book’. To me that was heartbreaking, even though it was a really responsible, grown-up decision to make,” she added.
Watch out Nathan Lyon, Archie's coming for your spot!
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Paine said the decision to make Archie the co-captain was their way of fulfilling his long-cherished dream.
“Obviously Arch has been through a really tough period and his family, Paine said.
“When his dad asked him what he wanted to do, he said ‘I want to captain Australia’. I think it’s been picked up along the way and we’re rapt to have someone like that around. He adds a bit of perspective I think.
“Sometimes we live a life, it’s very good, but you can be consumed in your own life at times, so to have someone like that around is actually really inspiring for our group. It’s great to have him around and we look forward to his debut on Boxing Day,” he added.
It comes as a great gesture from the Australian Cricket Team. The third Test would be commencing from 26th of December, 5 AM (IST).