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England vs New Zealand: Devon Conway begins Test career with ton at Lord’s as Black Caps seize control on Day 1

England vs New Zealand: Devon Conway begins Take a look at 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 Take a look at debut at Lord’s to depart New Zealand well-placed at stumps on the primary day of their series-opener towards England.

The South Africa-born opener batted for the entire of Wednesday’s play, along 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 hassle at 114-3 on the primary day of this two-match collection.

On a day for debutants, Ollie Robinson marked his entry into Take a look at cricket by main England’s assault with 2-50 in 16 overs.

However the 27-year-old Sussex quick bowler discovered himself below scrutiny when a variety of racist and sexist historic Twitter messages he had posted as a teen resurfaced.

South African-born New Zealand opener Devon Conway raises his bat after finishing his ton on Take a look at debut on the Lord’s Cricket Floor. AP

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 indicate 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 among 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 received 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.

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 Take a look at debut hundred at Lord’s, with Conway the primary New Zealand worldwide to realize the feat.

New Zealand had the higher of the morning session to be 85-1 at lunch after Robinson had Tom Latham enjoying on for 23.

However James Anderson, equalling retired former captain Alastair Cook dinner’s England file of 161 Take a look at 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 Take a look at historical past, his 615th wicket at this degree.

Robinson then had Taylor, enjoying down the improper line, lbw for 14.

The Black Caps, who face India within the inaugural World Take a look at 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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Updated: June 2, 2021 — 6:38 pm

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