Aaron Hardie will captain with confidence at U17s cricket championships

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WHEN Willetton teen Aaron Hardie (16) steps out on to the cricket pitch in Queensland next week it will be with the confidence of a seasoned player.

Prepping for the National under 17 Championships, the towering Aquinas all-rounder will lead the side as captain.

He said his love of the game and can-do attitude earned him the title.

“I just enjoy playing cricket and I think that I am a natural leader,” he said.

“I’m excited to go away; it will be a good way to spend my school holidays.”

No stranger to national competition, Aaron started his career as a 10-year-old playing district cricket.

The championships in Brisbane start on September 28 and will be a chance for Aaron to make up for last year’s fifth-place finish.

He said he was confident in his and the side’s abilities.

“I train three to four times a week,” he said.

“Hopefully it means I can bat three or four and bowl a few overs too.”

The ultimate honour for Aaron would be playing for Australia, and preparations to get there are under way.

“I want to be professional, get a contract for WA then play for Australia,” he said.