• Parsons keen to lead team culture

    All-rounder Bryce Parsons has expressed surprise after being appointed South Africa U19 captain.

    Parsons will lead the team during a limited-overs series against Pakistan in Pietermaritzburg and Chatsworth from 22 June to 7 July.

    ‘It’s obviously a massive privilege to captain my country in this upcoming tour against Pakistan. I am pretty shocked to be captain because I didn’t think I’d get it, but I am grateful for this opportunity that has come to hand,’ he said.

    ‘I am just going to try lead from the front and set a good example for the team, try to add to the team culture and help everyone get ready for the games.’

    The 18-year-old Parsons impressed against Afghanistan and India A and B U19 earlier this year. The talented left-hander struck two half-centuries – and his probing left-arm spin ensured a telling six-for in the first Youth Test in Thiruvananthapuram.

    ‘Most players love the extra challenges in the game, and I am no different. I just want to take this challenge of captaincy in my stride and lead from the front with the players,’ he added.

    ‘If you are doing well as a captain, the whole team will have confidence. I just have to focus on doing what I do best and then try and lead the team.’

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