Since Martin Guptill‘s departure last year, New Zealand has faced challenges in finding a suitable partner for Devon Conway at the top of their batting order.
In a notable shift, Young, who has previously played as a middle-order batsman, was elevated to the opening position during the Pakistan tour. His performance was impressive, amassing 240 runs at an average of 48 during the 4-1 series defeat in April-May.
Captain Tom Latham has confirmed that Young will open the innings when the four-match series against England commences 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.”
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, runnersup at the 2019 World Cup in England, are expected to name their provisional squad on Sept. 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.”
(With inputs from Reuters)