Melbourne: In a heart-warming gesture Australia named seven-year-old Archie Schiller as their honorary co-captain ahead of their third Test against India here on Wednesday.
Schiller, who was ‘called up’ to the Australian Test team earlier this month, received the iconic baggy green from the Australian players before the start of day’s play. A leg spinner from Adelaide, Schiller accompanied his captain Tim Paine to the pitch and gave him the coin for toss.
After the toss, Schiller also voiced his views about how his team should approach the match. “Hit sixes and get wickets,” was his simple advice.
Life has not been easy for the young boy. When Schiller was just three months old, doctors discovered that his heart valves had problems that led to irregular beating and other life-threatening complications. He has undergone 13 surgeries so far.
Schiller celebrated his seventh birthday on Saturday – the same day that Paine broke the news of his co-captaincy to the youngster and his family. A video released by Cricket Australia showed Schiller beaming with joy while being presented with the Australian cap.
Schiller models himself after Shane Warne and is a big fan of Nathan Lyon. His inclusion in the Australian team was facilitated by ‘Make a Wish Foundation’.