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.
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.