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Will Young

Will Young joined Durham ahead of the 2021 season, signing to play in the opening stages of the County Championship.

Young is an established player at domestic level where he captained The Central Stags in New Zealand’s first-class format, leading the team to success in both red and white-ball cricket.

After two and a half seasons as captain, Young relinquished the captaincy to focus on his batting and prolific run-scoring prompted the New Zealand selectors to hand him a maiden Test squad call-up ahead of a series against Sri Lanka in 2018.

He was due to make his debut at the Hagley Oval against Bangladesh, but the match was cancelled after the Christchurch Mosque shootings.

The Kiwi’s patience has no doubt been tested since then during his time on the fringes, but an injury to former Durham batsman BJ Watling provided him with an opportunity in 2020.

His test debut came against West Indies in Hamilton with Young scoring 43 in the second test as New Zealand won by an innings and 12 runs.

The right-hander was a former New Zealand under-19s captain leading his country out in the 2012 World Cup.

He has a superb first-class record with ten centuries to his name, scoring 5125 runs at an average of 43.43, in a first-class career which got underway back in 2012.

With England taking on New Zealand later this summer in a two match test series, Young may feature and come up against two Durham teammates, Ben Stokes and Mark Wood.

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