Shiv Thakor's outstanding Championship debut for Leicestershire last season has helped earn him the captaincy of the England Under-19 squad.
He will lead the side on the tour to South Africa early next year.
The County all-rounder missed out on the England squad that played in the Under-19 World Cup last summer.
However, that gave him a chance to sample the first-class game with Leicestershire. He rose superbly to the occasion, with four half-centuries in his 10 Championship innings, showing excellent technique and temperament as he helped the side out of some tricky situations.
Those performances helped the 19-year-old earn his first professional contract as he signed a two-year deal with the Foxes.
County chief executive Mike Siddall says it comes as "no surprise" that Thakor has been handed the captaincy.
"We are delighted that Shiv has been appointed captain of the England Under-19 touring party," said Siddall.
"Shiv is another product of Leicestershire's development pathway and academy, and his selection comes as no surprise given the way he played towards the end of last season for us."
England Under-19 coach Tim Boon said: "I am really excited about the development opportunities for players selected to tour South Africa in January and February to play two four-day Tests and five one-day internationals.
"Shiv Thakor has been appointed tour captain and is one of three under-19s players."
Thakor and his team-mates will play the first Test at Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town, from January 27, and the second at Boland Park, Paarl, from February 3. The first ODI is on February 13 and the last eight days later.
The tour is the initial part of the preparation for the Under-19 World Cup in February 2014, and the squad predominantly consists of under-18 and under-17 players.