Jake the kid backed for Vics Shield debut

Roger Vaughan and David Smith

The kid with the bad hair and Warney's number on his back will not die wondering.

Eyes will be on Jake Fraser-McGurk when he makes his Sheffield Shield debut from Tuesday at the MCG.

The 17-year-old will be Victoria's third-youngest Shield player and the word from teammates is that the middle-order batsman will want to take it up to the Queensland attack.

Fraser-McGurk lacks nothing for ambition or confidence, asking to wear the No.23 made famous by Shane Warne.

Victoria captain Peter Handscomb likes the look of the teenager - mostly.

Asked what can be expected, Handscomb told RSN: "We get a shocking haircut.

"Pretty terrible hair but that's the next generation.

"He looks good. You can tell he's been watching Steve Smith.

"He's a good player. He's a good kid.

"I'm pretty excited to see what he can do for us."

Fraser-McGurk's stunning promotion means less of a focus on teammate Will Sutherland, who will also is making his Shield debut.

The son of former Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland has had a more steady progression, with several one-day appearances for Victoria.

The 20-year-old allrounder is relishing his opportunity, which was delayed by a back injury last summer.

"It's bloody exciting, definitely the pinnacle of state cricket," Sutherland said.

"Obviously I've played a little bit of one-day cricket, but Sheffield Shield is always something you look forward to, especially the recent history that Victoria has."

While Victoria have won four of the past five Shields, they are winless this season and have made five changes that include the returns of Australian representatives James Pattinson and Aaron Finch.

Sutherland played alongside Fraser-McGurk in junior cricket and, like everyone, is keen to see what he produces at Shield level.

"I played a little bit against him in the 19s. He was probably about 12 then," Sutherland said.

"It's pretty intimidating, knowing what he can do."