ENG vs NZ 1st Test: The gripping Test match contest between England and New Zealand commenced on Wednesday at Lord’s and the visiting team New Zealand had the toss favouring them. Having read the conditions aptly and attracting the coin luck, the New Zealand captain Kane Williamson chose to bat first.
The decision turned fruitful as the Kiwis got off to a good start against the three lions with a solid opening session on Day 1 of the ongoing ENG vs NZ 1st Test. Opening with Tom Latham, the debutant Devon Conway led his team from the front at the mecca of cricket.
The debutant Conway indeed had a dream start to his career. Walking down as an opener for his side, he played an array of shots with the utmost calm, making selectors proud of their decision.
With an unbeaten half-century on his Test debut at Lord’s, the prolific left-handed batsman has become the first visiting player to score a fifty on Test debut at the iconic ground since Rahul Dravid in 1996!
Earlier, Conway was given New Zealand’s Test cap number 281 ahead of today’s play.
The ongoing two-match Test series against England is of paramount importance for the World Test Championship finalists- New Zealand. Good performance here will set the tone for the Kiwis for the all-important World Test Championship Final against India starting on June 18 in Southampton. The Kiwis must find the right combinations and get the best out of their players.
The current red-ball clash is a rehearsal for the Williamson and Co. to analyse their game from close quarters and leakages, if any, be addressed meticulously ahead of the prestigious clash.