Anything in his scoring zone, he tries to hit to the fence.

But the emerging South Australian surprised even himself with how well that tactic worked at the Under 17 National Championships, with the bottom-aged batsman taking out the Player of the Championships award.

Representing the Cricket Australia XI, featuring the best talent from last year’s under-15 carnival, Brazell smashed 417 runs at an average of just under 60 - 70 runs more than the next best batsman. 

“It was good to get some reward for all the hard work over the last four months,” Brazell said.

“I wasn’t really sure to be honest (how I would go)… I thought there would be quite a few quick bowlers coming in and trying to knock my head off.

“The plan was just to back myself really, play my natural game and see what happened from there. If there’s a ball in my zone I’ll look to score off that. Anything full or short… I’ll try to hit it for four.”

The side coached by former Australian star Ryan Harris exceeded expectations during the tournament, winning all of their five Pool matches, before being knocked off in the semi-finals by Queensland.

Predictably, Brazell was a big part of that strong run - with the 16-year-old left-hander opening his campaign with 58 against Victoria Metro followed by 85 against Tasmania.

But the Tea Tree Gully product saved his best for when he came up against his home state, smashing 90 against South Australia in Round 5, followed by a brilliant 103 in a winning side as the sides played off for third-place.

“It was really good fun,” Brazell said of the tournament overall.

“Being the younger blokes, there was a bit of pressure on us to perform, so it was good to get a few wins.”

A big fan of Aussie star Usman Khawaja - and particularly his off drives - Brazell’s attention now turns to making runs at district level back in Adelaide.

Then there’s the opportunity to again play under Harris as part of the Cricket Australia XI at the Under 19 National Championships in Tasmania in December, where more runs could see him in contention for the Australia Under 19 squad, which will head to New Zealand in January to plan in the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup.

“I’ve still got a very long way to go. Growing up as a kid you want to wear that Baggy Green, but there’s a long way to go,” he said.

“I just want to keep performing and keep playing my role in the team and see where it takes me from there.”