Will Young will have the first chance to nail down an opening batting slot in New Zealand’s One-Day team as the Black Caps warm up for the World Cup against England.
Since Martin Guptill’s release last year, New Zealand has struggled to find a replacement to partner Devon Conway at the top of the order.
Though used as a middle order batter previously, Young moved to the top of the order during the tour of Pakistan and impressed with 240 runs at an average of 48 in the 4-1 series defeat in April-May.
Captain Tom Latham confirmed Young would open when the four-match England series starts in Cardiff later on Friday.
“Obviously, Young’s a quality player,” Latham told reporters.
“He’s been in the mix for us for a long period of time. (He) hasn’t had a lot of opportunities but I think the opportunities taken in recent times he’s played really well. (It’s) another great opportunity for him to come in and put some performances on the board,” added Latham.
Latham said the destructive Finn Allen, who opens for New Zealand’s T20 outfit, might also have a chance to open against England, having relinquished the spot to Young while playing in the Indian Premier League.
New Zealand, runners-up at the 2019 World Cup in England, is expected to name its provisional squad on September 11 for the global showpiece starting in India next month.
“Guys are going to get opportunities throughout the series,” said Latham.
“Hopefully they can take their opportunities where they can.”
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