Campbelltown teen Liam Marshall will be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Usman Khawaja and Callum Ferguson this year.
The 18-year-old has been signed as a development rookie with the Sydney Thunder men's Big Bash squad, something Ingleburn local Tanveer Sangha achieved last year.
Marshall, who plays for Bankstown in the NSW Premier Cricket competition (alongside Thunder star Nathan McAndrew), has also been named in the squad for Australia's 2020 under-19s World Cup campaign.
Standing at 196 centimetres (six feet, four inches) tall, the fast bowler looks up to fellow pacemen Brett Lee and Pat Cummins.
"I like being aggressive and taking the ball," he said.
"It's great because apart from intimidating the batsman, you can also knock their stumps over. My attitude is while the batsman scores runs, it's the bowler who controls the game."
The former St Gregory's College student said he was looking forward to working with the Thunder team.
"It's an absolute honour to be involved with such a great club," Marshall said.
"It is also a great experience to be among the boys and I intend to learn as much as possible.
"I have a lot of opportunities to learn and I'll be playing close attention."
Thunder coach Shane Bond said he was impressed by the youngster and liked what he saw in pre-season games.
"He joined us with a good reputation and we were impressed with what we saw."