Nasser Hussain has hailed New Zealand opener, Devon Conway, for scoring a splendid hundred on his Test debut against England on Day 1 of the first Test at Lord’s.
Devon Conway remained unbeaten on 136 off 240 balls as New Zealand ended the opening day at 246 for 3. The Kiwi left-hander looked in complete control during his stay out in the middle, hitting 16 fours. He featured in an unbroken stand of 132 with Henry Nicholls (46*) to help New Zealand recover from 114-3.
Nasser Hussain Praised Devon Conway’s Debut Ton
In his column for Daily Mail, Nasser Hussain wrote about Devon Conway’s debut Test hundred, stating the 29-year-old played a ‘lovely’ innings.
“Devon Conway played a lovely innings, in which he let the bowlers come to him, and batted on his Test debut as if to the manner born. And England’s bowlers put in a challenging shift on a difficult surface… In Conway, they had just the player to make good use of a nice batting strip,” Nasser Hussain wrote.
The former England skipper Nasser Hussain added that he was particularly impressed with the manner in which Devon Conway stuck it out during a probing spell by Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad after lunch.
“The tourists’ coach, Gary Stead, has spoken about picking on character, and somehow New Zealand just find a way of producing these tough cricketers. He had a nice rhythm to his batting, and he wasn’t afraid to suck up a tough spell when Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad were making it swing after lunch. “
“We’ve seen all around the world in recent years how openers have struggled against the new ball, but Conway looked a natural. I spoke to the New Zealand commentator Simon Doull about him before play, and he just said ‘we’ve got another one in the mould of Kane Williamson – he bats long and he bats time. Conway bats on middle stump, has a fluency to his game, and plays beside the ball, which opens up different scoring areas,” Nasser Hussain added.
Nasser Hussain also stressed the fact that batsmen need to adjust their technique when the ball is moving around and Devon Conway did that well.
“There is a lot to be said for leaving it (the ball) when necessary and letting the bowler come to you. That’s what Conway did so well here,” Nasser Hussain wrote.
An unbeaten hundred from New Zealand’s debutant opener, Devon Conway, set the platform for the visiting side as the return of Test cricket to Lord’s was marked by a day of hard work in the field for England.
Ollie Robinson, another man on Test debut, claimed two of the three wickets to fall before a century stand for the fourth wicket between Devon Conway and Henry Nicholls put New Zealand in control of proceedings as the 1st day saw New Zealand reaching 246/3 at stumps.
Devon Conway Breaks Sourav Ganguly’s Record Of Highest Score By A Debutant At Lords
Following his unbeaten 136, Devon Conway broke former India captain and current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly’s record for the highest score by a debutant at Lord’s. Sourav Ganguly had scored 131 on his Test debut at the iconic ground back in 1996.
Devon Conway’s 136 is also the highest score by a Kiwi debutant while playing outside New Zealand. The southpaw broke skipper Kane Williamson’s record, who had smashed 131 on his Test debut against India in Ahmedabad. Before making his Test debut on Wednesday, the 29-year-old had featured in three ODIs and 14 T20Is where he amassed 225 runs averaging 75 and 473 runs averaging 59.12 respectively.
The sight of a 23-year-old Sourav Ganguly driving Dominic Cork through covers to bring up his maiden Test century will go down as one of the most iconic moments of Indian cricket. During India’s 1996 tour of England, Sourav Ganguly became the 10th Indian batsman to notch up a century on Test debut, but what the effort even more special is that the hundred came at the Mecca of cricket, the Lord’s Cricket Ground.
For 25 years, Sourav Ganguly’s 131 stood out as the highest score by a Test debutant at Lord’s, before New Zealand opener Devon Conway overtook the former India captain on Wednesday. Incidentally, Devon Conway and Sourav Ganguly also share a birthday of July 8.