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Devon Conway breaks 125-year-old record held by Ranjitsinhji

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New Zealand debutant and opening batsman Devon Conway smashed multiple records — some dating back to the 1800s — during the first innings of the 1st Test vs England. He is currently batting on with the New Zealand tail, approaching a double century.

The South African-born 29-year-old carried on his record-breaking spree on Day 2, even as wickets fell at the other end. When he went past 154, he broke a 125-year-old record held by the legendary KS Ranjitsinhji for the highest score by a batsman on Test debut in England.

Highest Scores on debut in England:

Devon Conway (186*, still batting)
KS Ranjitsinhji (154* vs Aus, 1896)
and WG Grace (152 vs Aus, 1880)

Highest score by a New Zealand player at Lord’s

Martin Donnelly’s 206
Devon Conway (186*, still batting).
Bevan Congdon’s 175 in 1973

Highest scores by debutants in away Tests

287 – Tip Foster (ENG) in Sydney, 1903
222* – Jacques Rudolph (RSA) in Chattogram, 2003
210* – Kyle Mayers (WI) in Chattogram, 2021
(186*, still batting) – Devon Conway (NZ) in London, 2021
168 – Fawad Alam (PAK) in Colombo, 2009

He is also in line to have the highest carrying-the-bat score by a debutant.

Conway had already etched his name on the Lords honours board on Day 1 with an unbeaten century. He had also broken Sourav Ganguly’s 25-year-old record of the highest Test score on debut at Lord’s, when he went past 131. The left-handed batsman remained unbeaten on 136 as New Zealand finished the first day at 246 for three.

More to follow…

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