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ODI World Cup 2023: Here’s why Will Young is not playing today’s game against Bangladesh

The ODI World Cup 2023 is in full swing, and cricket enthusiasts around the world have been treated to some great matches so far. Although quite a few teams had a decent start to their campaign in the world event, one that stood out was New Zealand.

The Blackcaps remained undefeated in their first two matches, registering a comprehensive victory on both occasions. However, New Zealand’s today’s game against Bangladesh at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium held a surprise for fans, with star batter Will Young notably absent from their playing XI.

Kane Williamson’s return

The match went underway with exciting news of New Zealand’s regular skipper Kane Williamson‘s return to the national arena after bein sidelined due to injury. Williamson had missed the opening two matches of the ODI World Cup 2023 due to a knee injury sustained during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. Nevertheless, he had played in the warm-up games for the World Cup and had a decent outing, indicating that he was ready to lead his side.

The news of Williamson’s comeback was met with huge excitement by fans but soon turned bittersweet after they heard of Young’s exclusion from the line-up.

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Will Young’s unexpected omission and the reason behind the call

The absence of Young from New Zealand’s playing XI today raised eyebrows and left fans wondering about the team’s strategy. New Zealand had previously maintained a winning combination in their earlier matches, so Young’s exclusion was surprising to many. However, the necessity of accommodating Williamson into the line-up led to Young being left out. This decision was confirmed by none other than Williamson himself as he took the field, replacing stand-in skipper Tom Latham during the toss.

“We will bowl first, think it’s a good surface. Nice to take part in those warm-up games, and nice to be standing here. I am coming in for Will Young,” said Williamson.

Significance of Williamson’s return

The return of Williamson after injury is undoubtedly a significant development for New Zealand. As one of the world’s leading batters and a respected captain, his presence provides stability and experience to the team.

Will Young’s role in the team

While Will Young might be sitting out today’s match, his absence does not diminish his importance to the New Zealand squad. Young is a talented batsman who has shown great potential in both domestic and international cricket. His ability to anchor the innings and play match-winning knocks makes him a valuable asset to the team. Fans can expect to see Young back in action in future matches, as his contributions will undoubtedly be sought after as the tournament progresses.

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