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Devon Conway Surpasses Sourav Ganguly’s Lord’s Debut Ton Record, Puts NZ in Control vs England

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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