Kanpur. New Zealand opener Will Young scored a career-best 89 in tough batting conditions on the third day of the Kanpur Test against India on Saturday and credited his coach Gary Stead for teaching him the art of playing spin. Young (29 years) got the ball across the boundary 14 times during his innings.
He said that the hard work he put in early in his career with Stead helped him tackle the spin balls with aplomb. “It’s been three or four years,” he said at a ‘virtual press conference’ here. I learned from him along with some fellow players about the art of batting against spin in India. Recalling his training with the Canterbury Cricket Club, Young said, “There was a time when Gary and I were training for about two weeks and one of the drills was such that I could not get a front pad. Had to sweep.
He said, “It was about sweeping the ball, otherwise you will get hurt. That’s why Gary told me about it and yes, the work on it — sweep shot — is in progress. Young, who was included in the team in place of injured Devon Conway, missed the century by 11 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin ended his innings. The spin duo of Axar Patel (5 for 62) and Ashwini troubled New Zealand’s batsmen on the third day’s wicket at Green Park. Young said the pitch had started to develop cracks and his batsmen found it difficult to cope with the uneven bounce.
“From day one, there were some cracks on the wicket which have started getting bigger now. It also has a little uneven bounce on it. I think today our batsmen were defeated by it. ”
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