New Zealand opener Devon Conway marked his Test debut with a century at Lord’s, within the course of placing his staff in a strong place on the finish of Day 1 of the primary Test towards England.
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Conway made 136 not out as New Zealand completed the day on 246 for 3, with Henry Nicholls (46* off 139) on the different finish.
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Conway’s knock was the very best rating by a debutant at Lord’s, surpassing former India batsman Sourav Ganguly’s 131 in 1996. Interestingly, each have been born on July 8!
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New Zealand opted to bat first and made a gentle begin with openers Tom Latham and Conway including 58 for the primary wicket. Latham was into his 20s when he chopped one onto his stumps, giving debutant Ollie Robinson his maiden Test wicket.
Captain Kane Williamson began steadily in addition to New Zealand reached 85 for 1 at lunch, Conway doing bulk of the scoring. However, proper after the break, Williamson too chopped on giving James Anderson his first strike. Like Williamson, Ross Taylor too obtained a begin and obtained to double digits earlier than he was lbw to Robinson, lacking one which got here in.
At 114 for 3, New Zealand wanted a partnership to make sure England didn’t take the sport away. They obtained that with Conway and Henry Nicholls becoming a member of within the center. Nicholls batted sluggish and regular at one finish whereas Conway stored the board ticking. New Zealand reached 144 for Three at tea, with Conway on 71.
After tea, Conway continued to impress and reached his century off his 163rd ball, whipping Robinson for a boundary.
England’s probability to interrupt by means of was with the second new ball, however six overs into the brand new cherry, they haven’t managed that but. England’s resolution to play with no specialist spinner may need labored towards them.
Only 5 different batsmen had beforehand scored a Test debut hundred at Lord’s, with Conway the primary New Zealand worldwide to attain the feat.
Batsmen to have scored Test debut hundred at Lord’s (participant, whole, staff, opposition, yr):
Harry Graham 107 AUS v ENG 1893
John Hampshire 107 ENG v WIS 1969
Sourav Ganguly 131 IND v ENG 1996
Andrew Strauss 112 ENG v NZL 2004
Matt Prior 126 no ENG v WIS 2007
Devon Conway 136* NZL v ENG 2021
(With AFP inputs)
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