It was a “dream come true” for Archie Schiller, who was called up to join the Australian cricket squad as a co-captain alongside Tim Paine for the Boxing Day Test at the MCG. The seven-year-old leg-spinner will be celebrating the Christmas with his cricket heroes before in the third Test against India on Wednesday.
Schiller’s inclusion was made public last month when the team was playing the Test series against Pakistan in the UAE. The young bowler learned about the exciting news from a phone call from Australia head coach Justin Langer.
Paine made the official announcement during a BUPA Family Day event at Yarra Park on Sunday where India captain Virat Kohli was also present.
According to Cricket Australia, Schiller told Langer that he would get Kohli out and also wanted to captain Australia. The leg-spinner from Adelaide, who turned seven on Saturday also joined a training session at Adelaide Oval earlier this month.
Cricket fan Schiller was diagnosed with a rare heart condition when he was just three months old, and since then he has undergone multiple surgeries. His dream of becoming a part of Australian team was made possible through Make-A-Wish Australia, a foundation that supports children and teenagers battling life-threatening medical conditions.
The India-Australia Test series is level at 1-1 with two more games to be played.