In the absence of Watling, Tom Blundell will drop the order and take wicket-keeping gloves, and Young opens batting with Tom Latham at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Thursday.
Young was set to make his international debut against Bangladesh in 2019 before the final Test in Christchurch was canceled due to mass shootings in the city’s mosques.
“This is an exciting opportunity for them at the top of the order and I know they are looking forward to getting involved after some close opportunities,” Williamson said at a news conference.
Young, 28, has averaged 43.76 in first-class matches with 10 centuries, the most recent of which came to the New Zealand A last week against the West Indies.
“Often you come to teams and you try to get a feel for the group but he has that feeling. He’s an experienced player, has played a lot of first class cricket and is of good quality,” Williamson added.
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All-rounders Daryl Mitchell and Mitchell Santner and fast bowlers Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner are vying for five places.
“It’s a big problem,” Williamson said.
New Zealand have defeated the West Indies 2–0 in the T20I series in a two-match Test series.