Happy cricket fan

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Austin Ki­nas­ton got up close to his cricket he­roes in De­cem­ber when he joined cap­tains Kane Wil­liamson and Di­nesh Chandi­mal for the pre-match coin toss.

Ten-year-old Austin, who at­tends Hi­winui School, won the ANZ Coin Toss kid com­pe­ti­tion and joined the two team cap­tains on the pitch to de­cide the bat­ting and bowl­ing or­der prior to the Black Caps vs Sri Lanka match.

Austin said it was awe­some get­ting to meet the cap­tains and he hopes to play for the Black Caps when he’s older.

“I loved get­ting to be a part of the coin toss and meet­ing the cap­tains. It was also cool be­ing on TV and hav­ing my photo taken with the cap­tains and with my favourite Black Cap Ross Tay­lor.”

ANZ head of spon­sor­ship Sue Mc­Gre­gor said Austin was one of 23 young crick­eters se­lected to take part in the pre-match rit­ual this cricket sea­son.

She con­tin­ued that ANZ be­lieved it’s im­por­tant to in­volve and en­cour­age young crick­eters, which is why they con­tin­ued to sup­port grass­roots sports.

“We hope that when they meet their idols out on the pitch, they are in­spired to con­tinue train­ing hard and pur­su­ing their dreams,” she said.

The coin toss com­pe­ti­tion is one part of ANZ’s long-stand­ing sup­port of Kiwi crick­eters. Since 2009 ANZ has given more than $900,000 to help cricket play­ers achieve their cricket goals.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are also open for an ANZ On Your Team grant and ask­ing what they can do to get be­hind your team this sum­mer, whether it’s gear you’re af­ter or a unique ex­pe­ri­ence with your he­roes — tell ANZ what could give you the edge.

Cricket play­ers, clubs, teams and fans across New Zealand can ap­ply at anzcrick­et­world.co.nz.

Hi­winui School’s Austin Ki­nas­ton won the ANZ Coin Toss Kid with cap­tains Di­nesh Chandi­mal and Kane Wil­liamson.

Austin with his Black Caps hero Ross Tay­lor.

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