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Six-Year-Old "Called-Up" To Australian Squad in Heart-warming Gesture

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 3, 2018, 5:32 PM IST

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Six-year old Archie Schiller, a cricket loving Australian kid from Barossa, with a long term heart condition has been 'called up' to the Australian squad for the first Test match against India by head coach Justin Langer.

When Schiller was just three months old, it was discovered that he had faulty heart valves, which led to irregular beating of the heart and further life-threatening complications if not monitored and kept in check at all times. He has already undergone thirteen surgeries in his yet short life.

Describing himself as a leg-spinner who models himself after Shane Warne, Archie got the most pleasant surprise when, in the presence of his parents, he was told of his inclusion in the Australian squad for the first Test against India at Adelaide via a video call from Langer. The call, facilitated by the Make a Wish Foundation, informed Archie that he was to link up with the squad before the first Test.

And while Langer gave him no guarantees about his inclusion in the starting XI, one can gather in this video posted by Cricket Australia that getting a call from the head coach of the Australian cricket team was more than what he ever bargained for.

Archie also reckoned that he'd be able to get Virat Kohli out pretty easily. Now that's some confidence from this little fighter!
First Published: December 3, 2018, 5:18 PM IST

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