West Warrnambool’s Sam Younghusband says he is honoured and excited to lead the Western Waves under 21 side.
The 19-year-old was appointed captain of the region’s representative team ahead of its first match against South East Country on Sunday at Warrion.
Younghusband, who has had a reasonable start to the Warrnambool and District season with a top score of 56 in round three, said he would embrace the opportunity to lead from the front.
"Although at times I can feel under added pressure when captaining, I ultimately feel like I thrive under this pressure," he said.
"It makes me think about the game on a deeper level and therefore can contribute to better personal performances which in the end help the team.
“I personally feel like being a captain and leader of a squad like this is really rewarding in the sense that you can learn more about yourself and leadership values, which is always positive."
Younghusband said the players selected were all enthusiastic cricketers who would bring plenty of energy.
The skipper said the team was also well-balanced with a dynamic bowling attack and a batting line up capable of adapting to various conditions and situations.
"My expectations are for the boys to go out there and put their best foot forward and for everyone to enjoy themselves and play their own natural game," he said.
"With the squad that we have we should be coming home with the win if we play our best cricket.
"It’s really important for all the boys to work together, as these games really depend on team performances throughout the whole day.
“So I want to emphasis to the group that we have to be on our ‘A game'.”
Warrnambool’s Tyler Fowler was named vice captain.