Devon Conway’s Test century: The debutant opening batsman has become the 12th Kiwi batsman to score a century on Test debut.
During the first day of the first Test of the ongoing New Zealand’s tour of England at Lord’s, New Zealand opening batsman Devon Conway successfully carried forward his white ball form into Test cricket by scoring a century on Test debut.
Preferred over the likes of Tom Blundell and Will Young, Conway justified his selection by playing an archetype anchoring knock by being unperturbed by fall of senior batsmen at the other end.
Conway, who never looked like being nervous either due to the occasion or by the experience of the opposition’s bowling attack, primarily played deliveries on merit. Having collected most of his runs by running between the wickets, Conway looked utterly confident while hitting 10 fours.
Conway, who hit a boundary off England vice-captain Stuart Broad in the 35th over to complete his half-century, flicked Mark Wood for his first Test six to cross the three-figure mark. Despite getting troubled by Wood’s pace and bounce earlier in the day, Conway marking a stamp of authority on the same bowler was like icing on the cake.
Conway, 29, who already has six 50+ scores in 11 white-ball innings at the highest level, became only the 12th Kiwi batsman to score a Test century on debut.
Twitter reactions on Devon Conway’s Test century
I told you Devon Conway could play 😉 #ENGvNZ
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) June 2, 2021
Conway the 109th man to make a debut Test century; the 12th for New Zealand; the 6th at Lord’s. Only the third to make a debut 100 v England in the 25 years since Ganguly in 1996 (after S.Cook (SA) and H.Rutherford (NZ)). Conway averaging 77 in his last 36 first-class matches.
— Andy Zaltzman (@ZaltzCricket) June 2, 2021
Conway: first since Ganguly to make a debut away hundred at Lord’s. Bound to go into being a great now… #ENGvNZ
— Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx) June 2, 2021
Debutant opener Devin Conway validates decision to play his ahead of Blundell and Young with sparkling century. New Zealand have turned the match back in their favour with his effort. England need some quick wickets to restore parity
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) June 2, 2021
A hundred at Lord’s on Test debut for Devon Conway.
It doesn’t get much better…
Faultless 👏 pic.twitter.com/bM1l2g3yZj
— Cricket on BT Sport (@btsportcricket) June 2, 2021
Now that’s a Test debut @ Lord’s! #ENGvNZ
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) June 2, 2021
💯 Welcome to the Honours Boards, Devon Conway ✍️
— Lord’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) June 2, 2021
Very well played Devon Conway. After a fantastic white ball season this is a terrific start to his red ball career. 100 on debut at Lords.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) June 2, 2021
Devon Conway’s played some lovely strokes in this century. For me, it’s the touch shots off the relatively tidy and full deliveries that have most impressive. So controlled and cerebral…almost casual in the way he built his innings. A delight to watch. #ENGvNZ pic.twitter.com/z9pvNTAezv
— Aatif Nawaz (@AatifNawaz) June 2, 2021
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