Will Young (cricketer)

William Alexander Young, known as Will Young, (born 22 November 1992 in New Plymouth, New Zealand) is a professional cricketer who plays as a batsman for the Central Stags.

Will Young
Personal information
Full nameWilliam Alexander Young
Born (1992-11-22) 22 November 1992 (age 27)
New Plymouth, New Zealand
BowlingRight-arm off break
Domestic team information
2012–presentCentral Districts (squad no. 4)
First-class debut2 March 2012 CD v Auckland
List A debut26 February 2013 CD v ND
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 49 41 43
Runs scored 3,178 1,308 755
Batting average 41.81 35.35 21.57
100s/50s 4/22 2/9 0/2
Top score 132 106* 96
Balls bowled 18
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a n/a
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 21/– 16/– 16/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 10 December 2018

Young was captain of the New Zealand Under-19 cricket team at 2012 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.[1]

In the 2011/12 New Zealand domestic cricket season he made his first-class debut for Central Districts and became the team's captain in December 2015 at just 23. Under his captaincy the Central Stags won the one-day Ford Trophy in 2016 and the first-class Plunket Shield unbeaten in 2018. Young then elected to step down from the captaincy to focus on his batting and making the New Zealand side.

In December 2018, he was named in New Zealand's Test squad for the series for the first time against Sri Lanka, but he did not play.[2]

In March 2019, Young was named to make his Test cricket debut one day before a Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh was scheduled to begin at Hagley Oval. However, a terrorist attack in Christchurch on the same afternoon saw the match cancelled by New Zealand Cricket.

Despite not yet having played an international match for the New Zealand team, in May 2019 he was one of the twenty players awarded an annual NZC contract for the 2019-20 season by New Zealand Cricket.[3]

In May 2019, Young was going to be named as a reserve player for New Zealand in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, but made the decision to undergo shoulder surgery instead after an injury to his right labrum at a training camp.[4]

Despite his shoulder injury, Young scored back-to-back centuries for a New Zealand XI against Australia in a one-day warm-up series of three unofficial ODIs in Brisbane in May 2019. Young averaged more than 100 in the series with consecutive scores of 60, 130 and 111 against the defending Cricket World Cup champions.


  1. ^ Will Young - Cricinfo profile
  2. ^ "Somerville out, Will Young in: New Zealand's squad for Sri Lanka Tests". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Jimmy Neesham, Tom Blundell and Will Young handed New Zealand contracts". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Shoulder surgery likely to rule Will Young out for rest of the year". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 May 2019.

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