The enthusiasm that Australia and England share for the Ashes is incomparable and can effortlessly excel any other sporting vyings in the world. Both nations have ample supporters who can travel anywhere to support their team.
Max Waight is one such fan who has done things beyond belief just to be a witness to his favourite team playing in the Ashes. The 12 year old Australian picked garbage bins of his neighbourhood for four years to earn and save money for a trip to England.
In 2015, after watching Australia win the cricket World Cup, Max and his mother had made up their mind to travel to England to watch his heros face England in their own backyard. His father Damien Waight had told Max that if he could earn 1500 Australian dollars, he would fulfil his dream of watching the Ashes Test in England.
Max and his mother turned up with a plan of wheeling the garbage bins of their neighbours on every weekend for a charge of $1 per house. In an offer to start his service, max wrote a letter to all his neighbours notifying them of his plan and had ten customers in no time, reported Cricket Australia.
Max carried on his effort for four years and in the meantime, the fund rose and made his dream a reality. His father kept his word and booked the tickets not only for Max but the entire family to vist England for the Ashes Test.
“When I said it, I had to follow through. If he saved up the money I wasn’t going to let him down. It’s an amazing experience, we’ve got our whole family and another close family that we’re friends with. We’re just making memories,” Damien was quoted as saying by the official website of Cricket Australia.
Furthurmore, Max even met his heros and had a great time with his favourite cricketers Steve Smith and Pat Cummins before James Pattinson gave him an Australian Jersey autographed by the entire team.
Nevertheless, Max also travelled in the Australian team bus where he spoke to head coach Justin Langer and mentor Steve Waugh. “I sat next to Steve Waugh, Justin Langer and Nathan Lyon. Justin Langer showed me the plan book which was amazing to see all his notes and talking to Steve Waugh was amazing too,” Max said.