England vs New Zealand: Devon Conway begins Check profession with ton at Lord’s as Black Caps seize management on Day 1
London: Devon Conway grew to become simply the sixth batsman to attain 100 on Check debut at Lord’s to go away New Zealand well-placed at stumps on the primary day of their series-opener in opposition to England.
The South Africa-born opener batted for the entire of Wednesday’s play, together with his 136 not out the cornerstone of New Zealand’s 246-3 in a match that marks the return of spectators to worldwide cricket in England after a 2020 season performed behind closed doorways due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Along with fellow left-hander Henry Nicholls (46 not out), Conway shared an unbroken stand of 132 after the vacationers have been in bother at 114-3 on the primary day of this two-match collection.
On a day for debutants, Ollie Robinson marked his entry into Check cricket by main England’s assault with 2-50 in 16 overs.
However the 27-year-old Sussex quick bowler discovered himself underneath scrutiny when plenty of racist and sexist historic Twitter messages he had posted as an adolescent resurfaced.
The tweets, courting again to 2012, left Robinson and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in an particularly embarrassing place given each groups had lined up earlier than play for a ‘Second of Unity’ meant to point out their opposition to discrimination inside cricket.
England, within the absence of the injured Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, opted for an assault constructed on 4 right-arm fast bowlers and no specialist spinner after Jack Leach was omitted from their XI.
The one actual selection got here when England captain Joe Root bowled his occasional off-breaks.
Root, nonetheless, did come near having Conway stumped by wicketkeeper James Bracey, one in all two England debutants together with Robinson, on 117.
However replays confirmed Conway had dragged his foot again in time.
Conway was thrust into the motion instantly after New Zealand captain Kane Williamson gained the toss in what was the Black Caps’ first match at Lord’s since an agonising ‘Tremendous Over’ loss to England within the 2019 World Cup ultimate.
1st day in Check cricket taking part in at the most effective Cricketing venue on the earth & Devon Conway scores a Check hundred .. No matter occurs from right here on a cricket subject you’ll go some to surpass at this time’s achievement .. #ENGvNZ
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 2, 2021
However whereas Williamson and fellow senior batsman Ross Taylor each fell cheaply, the 29-year-old Conway pressed on to a 163-ball century, reaching the landmark with a flamboyant whipped legside 4, his eleventh boundary, off Robinson.
Solely 5 different batsmen had beforehand scored a Check debut hundred at Lord’s, with Conway the primary New Zealand worldwide to attain the feat.
New Zealand had the higher of the morning session to be 85-1 at lunch after Robinson had Tom Latham taking part in on for 23.
However James Anderson, equalling retired former captain Alastair Prepare dinner’s England report of 161 Check appearances, struck within the first over after the interval when Williamson performed on for 13 because the runs dried up.
Williamson’s exit gave Anderson, already England’s most succesful bowler in Check historical past, his 615th wicket at this degree.
Robinson then had Taylor, taking part in down the mistaken line, lbw for 14.
The Black Caps, who face India within the inaugural World Check Championship ultimate at Southampton later this month, have been with out Trent Boult after the left-arm fast was granted household time in New Zealand following his stint within the Indian Premier League.
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