It’s been quite a fairy tale debut for New Zealand’s Devon Conway. Not only did the Kiwi batter get to play his first Test at the home of cricket at Lord’s but he made the most of that opportunity by scoring a brilliant hundred on Day 1. Courtesy of his unbeaten 136, New Zealand are at a comfortable 246/3 after opting to bat first.
Although the Kiwi batting mainstays Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor failed to score big, Conway and Henry Nicholls (46*) put their hand up to take the team to a strong position. The duo has already added 132 runs for the fourth wicket and will resume their innings on Day 2.
As goes the tradition, Conway’s name has now been etched in the Lord’s honours boards, in what would be a great achievement in the 29-year-old’s career. His name came after Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq, who had reached the three figures mark at this venue in 2016.
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— Lord's Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) June 2, 2021
Conway first visiting batsman after Sourav Ganguly to score a ton on debut at Lord’s
Meanwhile, Conway became the first visiting batsman after India’s Sourav Ganguly to score a hundred on debut at Lord’s. The duo, coincidentally, has quite a few similarities. While both of them are left-handers and brought up their maiden hundreds at Lord’s in the same month of June, they also share a July 8 birthday. Australia’s Harry Graham is the only other visiting batter to score a ton on debut here, which came in 1893.