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WATCH: Australia name seven-year old Archie Schiller as 'co-captain' for Melbourne Test vs India

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Schiller is a cricket fanatic who has undergone multiple surgeries due to a heart condition, but those obstacles won't stop the seven-year-old from leading the Aussie camp in the Boxing Day Test.

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New Delhi Updated on: December 23, 2018 17:27 IST
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Australia skipper Tim Paine with Archie Schiller and Virat Kohli at an event

In what can be a crucial and pressurising clash in Melbourne, Cricket Australia have added seven-year-old Archie Schiller in the 15-member squad for the 3rd Test against India. The young lad is gearing up to lead the hosts in the iconic Boxing Day Test at the MCG.

Schiller is a cricket fanatic who has undergone multiple surgeries due to a heart condition, but those obstacles won't stop the seven-year-old from leading the Aussie camp in the Boxing Day Test, captain Tim Paine confirmed at an event at Yarra Park.

The seven-year-old recently celebrated his birthday on Saturday, the same day the Aussie skipper broke the news to the young lad and his family. 

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It is learnt that when he was just three-months-old, it was discovered that Schiller had faulty heart valves, which led to the irregular beating of the heart and further life-threatening complications if not monitored. He has undergone 13 surgeries so far. 

This heart-warming gesture by the Australian team management will surely win hearts around the world. 

The youngster describes himself as a leg-spinner who is inspired by Aussie legend, Shane Warne. 

Schiller received the most pleasant surprise when he received a video call by coach Justin Langer, who decided to include the youngster into the team for the Boxing Day Test. 

The call was facilitated by the Make a Wish Foundation. Archie was seen training along with his new teammates during in the 1st Test in Adelaide as well. 

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