This New Zealand cricketer had also played with South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock till a few years ago, but this player had to wait a long time for his debut.
Devon Conway made his T20 debut for New Zealand in November 2020. (Photo: Twitter/Blackcaps)
An important Test series has started in England before the ICC World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand to be held from June 18. The two-match Test series between England and New Zealand has started from Wednesday 2 June at the historic Lord’s Ground in London. New Zealand have won the toss and decided to bat first and with this a new name has been added to New Zealand’s long list of Test cricketers – Devon Conway. Left-handed batsman Conway started playing international cricket for New Zealand only last year and has made his debut in all three formats within 8 months. This debut is very special for Conway, because to reach here, he had to leave his country 4 years ago.
The story of 29-year-old Conway is a good example of struggle and hard work, in which a player did not get good opportunities in his country and a big change changed his game as well as luck. Conway has been in New Zealand for the past four years, where he earned the ability to play local cricket and then international status through First Class and List A cricket. Today he became New Zealand’s 281st Test cricketer.
Disappointment in South Africa, Sahara in New Zealand
Devon Conway is originally from South Africa and this is where he learned his cricket skills. He staked his claim at every level of domestic cricket and during this time also played many matches with the current captain of the South African team, Quinton de Kock. De Kock went ahead, but Conway kept on longing for the right opportunities. He did not get regular chances at the domestic level in any format. Result – 4 years ago he decided to leave the country after selling everything and moved to New Zealand. This is where his luck changed.
Playing for Wellington Firebirds here, he scored 1598 runs in 17 first class matches with the help of four centuries. His running average was 72.63. During this there was a score of 327 not out. Apart from this, he also scored runs in ODI and T20 tournaments. After completing three years in New Zealand, he was able to play for the Kiwi team and last year he made a great debut.
Great start, great first class record
Conway made his debut in T20 cricket in November 2020 and also made his place in the ODI format this year. Conway has played 14 international T20 matches so far, in which he has scored 473 runs with the bat at an average of 59 and a tremendous strike rate of 151. This includes 4 half-centuries, with 99 not out being his best score. At the same time, in 3 ODIs, he has scored 225 runs with the help of a century and a half-century. If we talk about first class cricket, then this batsman has scored 7130 runs in 108 matches, with an average of 47 and has scored 18 centuries.
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