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Devon Conway hits 136 at Lord’s on Test debut; NZ 246/3 vs England on Day 1

Devon Conway grew to become simply the sixth participant to hit a check century on debut at Lord’s, with the left-handed opener brilliantly anchoring New Zealand to 246-Three in opposition to England on Day 1 of the primary match of the collection Wednesday.

The 29-year-old Conway was unbeaten on 136 to take care of the gorgeous begin to his worldwide profession in all codecs, making an array of pictures, leaving effectively and displaying a compact protection to blunt England’s all-seam assault beneath blue skies on the house of cricket.

By citing his hundred with a clip via sq. leg for 4, the South African-born Conway joined Harry Graham (for Australia in 1893) and Saurav Ganguly (for India in 1996) in being the one non-English batsmen to attain a century on check debut at Lord’s.

Simply earlier than stumps, Conway ran for 3 to surpass Ganguly’s 131, which stood as the very best ever rating by a debutant at Lord’s. He’s the 11th New Zealand check debutant to succeed in three figures.

Conway has already struck knocks of 126 and 72 in his opening three innings in ODIs _ all in opposition to Bangladesh in March _ and averages 59.12 in 11 innings at Twenty20s for New Zealand following his debut in November. He was born and raised in South Africa however moved to New Zealand in 2017.

Henry Nicholls closed the day on 46 not out and was sharing an unbeaten fourth-wicket stand of 132 with Conway, after paceman Ollie Robinson _ certainly one of two debutants within the England facet _ bowled Tom Latham for 23 and trapped Ross Taylor lbw for 14.

In between, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson chopped onto the stumps for 13 off the bowling of James Anderson, who was making his record-tying 161st check look for England.

New Zealand is utilizing the collection in opposition to England as preparation for the inaugural World Take a look at Championship closing in opposition to India, additionally being staged in England from June 18-22.

Lord’s welcomed again worldwide cricket for the primary time since an Ashes check between England and Australia in 2019, with the capability restricted to 25% in the course of the pandemic.

It was New Zealand’s first return to the well-known floor since shedding the Cricket World Cup closing there in agonizing vogue to England in July 2019.

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