Schiller, a cricket-crazy youngster who has undergone multiple surgeries due to a heart condition celebrated his seventh birthday on Saturday – the same day that Paine broke the news of his co-captaincy to the youngster and his family.
And in a video released by Cricket Australia, Schiller is seen beaming with joy as he’s presented with the Australian cap, and also voiced his views about how his team should approach the match.
“Hit sixes and get wickets,” was his simple advice.
The gesture to appoint the youngster to this role by the Australian team management is one that is sure to win hearts around the world, especially since Schiller has stared down the kind of adversity no sport could ever match.
When he was just three months old, it was discovered that Schiller 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.
He had also trained alongside his heroes during a training session at the Adelaide Oval earlier this month.
First Published: December 26, 2018, 12:13 PM IST