Schutt has been vice-captain to Tegan McPharlin for the last two seasons, but with wicketkeeper McPharlin choosing to step down into the vice-captain position, Schutt has accepted the top job.

McPharlin, who turns 30 next month, has chosen to remove the added pressure of captaincy to focus further on her own game.

It came as a surprise to Schutt when she was offered the new role.

“I just said yes straight away (when coach Andrea McCauley asked me) and then afterwards I thought about it and got a bit frightened!” Schutt said.

“I never thought I’d be captain of the Scorps. It’s a real honour to be selected for that, I guess it just kind of happened. I’ve been in cricket for a long time now and more responsibility has fallen on my shoulders and it’s probably a good thing.”

Hear from new SA Scorpions skipper Megan Schutt

Likeable Schutt was the popular choice to succeed McPharlin, given her extensive experience on the domestic and international scene, and the leadership role she has played among the group for the last few seasons.

The 25-year-old had a stellar 2017-18 international and domestic season, capping it off by making history when she took the first wicket in the women’s Indian Premier League exhibition match in May.

As the Scorpions’ opening bowler, Schutt took eight wickets at an average of 24.50 during the 2017-18 WNCL season.

She was elevated to number one on the ICC world T20I bowling rankings after Australia’s successful tour of India during which, she became the first Australian woman to claim a T20I hat-trick. Schutt also holds second position in the ODI bowling rankings, behind fellow Australian Jess Jonassen.

Having played three Test matches, 46 ODIs and 35 T20Is, Schutt continues to be an integral component of the Australian and South Australian bowling setup.

Schutt is pleased to see McPharlin remain in the leadership group.

“Tegan is an awesome girl,” Schutt said.

“I’m glad I’m still working with her as we balance each other out really well. She has done a fantastic job for the past few seasons.”

Describing her leadership style as firm but fair, Schutt is determined to see success for the young side this year.

“I’m here to win and I want these girls to perform,” Schutt said.

“They train very hard and we’ve got a good environment here in Adelaide. With the young girls coming through, we’re seeing great work ethic…they’re a good bunch and I just want them to be successful.”