4 December

Archie warms up at Adelaide Oval

Here's a wrap up of our newest cricket star's day in Adelaide, meeting the Australian Cricket Team.

Arriving with his family for the First Test in Adelaide, Archie met Captain Tim Paine who immediately shook Archie’s hand. Other players flocked to Archie’s side, treating him like any other new recruit during a trip down to the change rooms, also known as the ‘inner sanctum of the baggy green’.

While Archie, his dad Damien, Captain Tim Paine and Coach Justin Langer talked strategy, Archie’s little brother Harry, 3, grabbed a bat and ball – challenging anyone and everyone in sight to play with him. It’s easy for all to see that the passion for cricket runs deep in this family.

Video kindly provided courtesy of The Advertiser / Simon Cross

Getting to know the team

Forming a huddle with the rest of the team, Justin formally introduced their newest member to the squad, while Archie’s favourite player Nathan Lyon presented him with his very own bespoke cricket whites. Archie recently lost two front teeth and seemed hesitant to smile at first – but as Nathan grabbed his hand and took him out on the field to begin their training session, it was impossible to stop him grinning.

Archie in training

For the next few hours it was mesmerising to watch Archie as he kept up with his new team mates… stretching, bowling, batting and even running with sand bags, Archie was truly impressive as he kept up with the team. He even gave the players some helpful tips on how they might beat India and lots of cheek:

‘I’ve seen better batters at the fish and chip shop!’


In the nets

As the #WishForce fed Archie biscuits from behind the nets, the level of care and comradery from everyone in attendance couldn’t have been more amazing.

Former cricketing greats bowled to little brother Harry on the sidelines, while Coach Justin Langer took the time to speak to Archie’s entire family and ensured they were included in everything.

Final surprise

As the biscuits began to run low, the training session eventually came to a close.

As we got ready to leave, Nathan Lyon found Archie and insisted he come to a post-training debrief (mandatory for all squad members). There he surprised Archie, giving him a gift of his own personal set of cricket whites that the entire team signed – Archie’s toothless smile could have been seen from the moon!