Seven-year-old Archie Schiller, who was added to the Australian team for the boxing day test match, was presented with his Baggy Green before the start of the iconic game. Young Archie also accompanied captain Tim Paine for the toss which the Indian team won and decided to bat in the third Test. “Hit sixes and get wickets”, was the boy’s message for the team before the start of the Test.
On a grinding morning of Test cricket on day one of the Boxing Day Test, where India crawled to 1-57 at lunch, Schiller stole the show. The seven-year-old, who has endured 13 heart operations, received his cap from his favourite player - champion off-spinner Nathan Lyon - this morning ahead of the Boxing Day Test against India at the MCG.He had already earlier attended a practice session with the team and on Wednesday as well, Archie trained with the team on the first day of the Test match. Archie has already bowled in the Australian team’s nets earlier.
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.