12-yr-old put out trash for 4 yrs to buy Ashes ticket

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global -

Manch­ester: He was des­per­ate to watch the Ashes even if it meant pick­ing up trash for four years to save for the ticket. A 12-year-old boy raised money by tak­ing out his neigh­bours trash for four years to ful­fil his dream of watch­ing Aus­tralia take on arch-ri­vals Eng­land in the Ashes and was also re­warded with a bus ride with his he­roes, ‘cricket.com.au’ re­ported.

In 2015, Max Waight — a res­i­dent of Point Lons­dale in Vic­to­ria — saw Aus­tralia win the World Cup on home soil and it was then that he de­cided he wanted to see his team take on Eng­land in the iconic Ashes se­ries four years later, the web­site stated. His fa­ther Damien Waight told him that if he could earn 1,500 Aus­tralian dol­lars (`73,631) he would take him to the UK. Max and his mother came up with the idea of tak­ing out the neigh­bours’ garba

DREAM RUN: ge bins on the week­ends for a charge of just AUD 1(Rs 49) per house­hold.

For four years, Max hauled his neigh­bours bins out on the week­ends. Bit by bit, he was fi­nally able to raise the money asked by his fa­ther, who booked the tick­ets and took the en­tire fam­ily to Eng­land to watch the on­go­ing fourth Test at the Old Traf­ford in Manch­ester.

In ad­di­tion to watch­ing the match, Max also got to meet some of Aus­tralia’s cricket roy­alty. “I sat next to Steve Waugh, Justin Langer and Nathan Lyon,” Max said. “(Coach) Justin Langer showed me the plan book which was amaz­ing to see all his notes and talk­ing to Steve Waugh was amaz­ing too.”

He also got meet his two favourite play­ers. “Steve Smith and Pat Cum­mins are my favourites. I got to talk to them about how they pre­pare and play the game. It was very en­joy­able.” On day two, Aus­tralian speed­ster James Pat­tin­son gave Max a jer­sey signed by the en­tire squad.


Twelve-year-old Max Waight with for­mer Aus­tralia cap­tain Steve Waugh and cur­rent team coach Justin Langer

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