Will Young surpassed his career-best 89 in batting conditions on Day 3 of the Kanpur Test against India. Young said it was a rigorous partnership with Gary Stead early in his career that allowed him to tackle the spinners well.
KANPUR, NZ – Will Young, a New Zealand opener, credited his coach Gary Stead for introducing him to the art of spin on Saturday, when he surpassed his career-best 89 in batting conditions on Day 3 of the Kanpur Test against India.Young, 29, said it was a rigorous partnership with Stead early in his career that allowed him to tackle the spinners well.It was three to four years ago now.During a virtual press conference, he said he had just returned and I leapt on the backs of a group of fellow cricketers to learn about the art of batting and playing spin in India.It was about sweeping the balls, otherwise you'd be bruised.So it was one thing Gary taught me, and it's still a work in progress, the sweep shot.Young fell 11 short of a century after defeating Ravichandran Ashwin in the side, with substitute wicketkeeper KS Bharat taking a spectacular low catch.You cant just rest on your laurels. Different days, different approaches work.To keep the scoreboard ticking, it is difficult to strike the right balance between defense, occupying space in the middle and getting used to those conditions and also aggression.It is also difficult to master the technique of taking calculated risks.On Day 3, the Kiwi batters were troubled by a spin duo of Axar Patel (562) and Ravichandran Ashwin (382), who each took eight wickets at the Green park wicket. On the wicket, there were obvious cracks right from day one.According to him, the cracks are opening up a little bit further, as well as three days of bowlers footmarks and a bit of rough for the spinners to attack.There's a little bit of uneven bounce as well.I suspect a lot of our batsmen were beaten by a low bounce today. On Friday, the Kiwi opening pair became the first visiting opening pair in five years to make a century alliance against India.Tom is a very nice man, a very cool customer, and very successful in these conditions.In club cricket, I had the pleasure of playing with him.Young said he was fantastic. It was simply wonderful to mark a historic moment.We can hoped to recreate the same behavior.With two days remaining, India was 14 for 1 at stumps in their second innings, ahead by 63 runs.