Devon Conway : With less than a day for the rustling red-ball action to get underway between England and New Zealand at the Lord’s, the speculations by cricket veterans, pundits, analysts and fans are gathering up steam. The World Test Championship finalist- New Zealand is slated to play a two-match Test series against England away from home.
Ahead of the cracking opening contest of the first Test scheduled to begin on Wednesday, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson confirmed Devon Conway’s place in the playing squad. Conway will make his Test debut for the Kiwis.
A stalwart from Johannesburg, Conway is supposedly the second player of South African origin to feature in the New Zealand side. The wicketkeeper-batsman has represented New Zealand in the shorter formats of the game- ODI’s & T20I’s and showcased his worth.
In a brief time, the prolific left-handed batsman has won selectors’ interest with the bat. With a scintillating record under his belt, the 29-year old will don the New Zealand Test jersey against England as confirmed by the Kiwis skipper ahead of the first Test.
Carrying the woeful memories of losing an unfortunately tied ICC Cricket 2019 World Cup match against England at Lord’s, the Williamson and co. really need to draw curtains on the past and kick off afresh. No doubt the Kiwis have a big-time task ahead, for they won only one out of the 17 Tests they have played at Lord’s in their 90-year cricket history in England. With their lone victory dating back to 1999 under Stephen Fleming’s captaincy, it’s been more than two decades without a win at Lord’s.
However, the visitors, no doubt can turn the tables as the cognizant New Zealand team hasn’t lost or drawn a single test since the last 15 months. In fact, they are on their all-time high having registered successive victories against India, West Indies and Pakistan.