12-year-old boy picks garbage for 4 years to fulfill dream of watching Ashes

Max Waight and his brother travelled to Old Trafford on the team bus and Max was seen sitting next to Australia coach Justin Langer.

Max Waight was presented with a signed Australian Test team jersey by James Pattinson.   -  Cricket Australia/Twitter

Max Waight, a 12-year-old boy, from Australia is living his dream of watching his favourite cricket stars in action during the ongoing fourth Ashes Test in Manchester. Waight saved four years of 'hard-earned' pocket money to watch the ongoing series in England.

"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," cricket.com.au quoted Max as saying.

"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," he added.

 

Max's father, Damien, promised him that if he could raise AUD 1500, he would take him to the UK. Raising AUD 1500 was not easy, but Max and his mother came up with a plan of taking out the neighbours' rubbish bins on the weekends for the charge of just AUD 1 per household.

He then wrote a letter to all his neighbours, offering his waste management services and attracted customers in no time. The whole process went on for four years and he kept taking the bins out on weekends.

Following through

"When I said it, I had to follow through. If he saved up the money I was not going to let him down," cricket.com.au quoted Damien as saying.

"You do not fast forward in your mind at the start and think you are going to do it but it is good that we are here. It is an amazing experience, we have got our whole family and another close family that we are friends with. We are just making memories," he added.

Max and his brother travelled to Old Trafford on the team bus and Max was seen sitting next to Australia coach Justin Langer.