Will Young is a 28-year-old top-order batsman who has represented New Zealand internationally. Will, who bats right-handed and bowls occasional right-arm off-breaks, captained the New Zealand team in the U-19 World Cup in 2012. He began his first-class career playing for Central Districts in the 2011/12 season. Three years later, he was named captain of the team, becoming its youngest ever skipper at the age of 23.
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In 2018, he gave up the captaincy of Central Districts. In December 2018, Young was listed among the Test team members to feature in the then upcoming series versus Sri Lanka. In March 2019, Young was named in the NZ squad set to play a Test match at the Hagley Oval against Bangladesh. As things transpired, a terrorist attack in Christchurch caused the match to be called off. New Zealand Cricket listed Young among 20 players to be awarded an annual NZC contract for the 2019-20 season in May 2019. In November 2020, Will Young was included in the New Zealand A cricket team to play practice games against the visiting West Indies team. He was later named in the Test squad to play against the West Indies and made his Test debut on 3 December 2020.
In one Test match, Will Young scored 48 runs at 24.00 with the highest score of 43.
Young is yet to play ODI cricket.
Will Young has not yet played in a T20I game.
Records and Facts
In 2016, Young led the Central Stags to the one-day Ford Trophy. On Young’s watch, the team remained unbeaten in the first-class Plunket Shield competition in 2018. In three unofficial ODIs in Brisbane against Australia in May 2019, Young scored back-to-back tons for the New Zealand XI. A series in which he had a 100-plus average with consecutive scores of 60, 130 and 111.
Young made his Test debut against the West Indies by replacing the injured BJ Watling. He owed his inclusion in the New Zealand squad to an innings of 133 he made for New Zealand in a practice game against the visiting West Indies. In the 2nd Test of his debut Test series in Wellington in December 2020, Young batted at number three. New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat. Coming to the crease with the scorecard reading 31 for one, Young scored 43, sharing a stand of 32 for the 2nd wicket with Tom Latham and a partnership of 70 for the 4th wicket with Henry Nicholls. New Zealand went on to win the match by an innings and 12 runs.
In 80 first-class matches, Young has scored 5125 runs at 43.43 with 10 tons and 29 fifties, including his top score of 162. In 57 List A matches, Will Young has scored 1979 runs at 37.33 with 5 tons and 11 fifties, including the highest score of 136. In 70 T20 games, Young has made 1589 runs at 26.04 with 9 fifties, including his top score of 96.