London – New Zealand opening batsman Devon Conway is a keeper for the Black Caps.
Today his unbeaten 136 on the first day of the test against England, at the home of cricket, is the highest score on debut by an overseas test player at Lord’s.
He is an interesting character. In preparation for the world championship test final against India on June 18 he had kitty litter sprinkled on the practice wickets to simulate spin bowling on the rough, hoping it will help him counter India’s spinners.
This is to simulate spin bowling pitching in the rough created by bowlers’ footmarks.
South African-born Conway, 29, made his international debut for New Zealand in November last year.
In the 2018–19 season in New Zealand he scored an unbeaten double century for Wellington against Otago in the Plunket Shield series at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
The following season he scored an unbeaten 327 for Wellington against Canterbury, just the ninth triple century in first-class cricket in New Zealand.
He went on to score 393 runs in the match, which is the most number of runs scored in a single first-class match in New Zealand, ever.
Conway made his one day debut in March this year, scoring his first century in ODI cricket, in the third game of the series against Bangladesh.
Today, he became the 12th batsman for New Zealand to score a century on debut on test debut.
Photo: Black Caps’ lifts his bat aft stumps drawn at Lord’s today. Photo by: Willy Nicholls