Craig Alexander Young
April 04, 1990, Londonderry, Ireland
Right hand Bat
Right arm Fast medium
One of a number of players to emerge out of Ireland's robust Under-19 squads from the early 2010s, Craig Young became the ninth bowler to take a five-for on men's ODI debut when he demolished Scotland in Malahide in September 2014. It was a well-timed performance for Young, considering he had just lost his county contract with Sussex and parlayed that into a Cricket Ireland central contract.
Before long, Young was drawing comparisons with Boyd Rankin, not just because of his threatening pace and bounce but also his Londonderry roots. Unfortunately his career has mirrored Rankin in another way - that of catching the injury bug. Since making his debut, Young has been in the starting XI for less than half of Ireland's ODIs while dealing with a rash of fitness issues. But when he's been able to take the field, there have been few more impressive statistical performers for Ireland. He has one of the highest strike rates and lowest bowling averages among Ireland's top ODI wicket-takers.
Batting & Fielding