Devon Conway has made a big entry in the ICC rankings for batters in men’s Test cricket, his 200 in his maiden innings – against England at Lord’s – taking him to No. 77 with a record 447 rating points, the highest for a New Zealand batter on debut and the third-highest ever on debut.
Conway, also ranked fourth in the T20I batters’ rankings, became only the seventh batter to make a double-century on Test debut, and two of the men who had reached the milestone before him, Tip Foster and Kyle Mayers, are the only ones to enter the rankings with more points: Foster, whose 287 at Sydney in 1903 remains the highest Test score by a debutant, had 449 (retrospectively), and Mayers 448.
Another debutant, England’s Ollie Robinson, also had a good game, returning 4 for 75 and 3 for 26, and that helped him enter the bowlers’ table at 69th place. He was more than handy with the bat too, scoring 42 in the first innings, and that put him in 91st position in the batters’ rankings. Robinson, however, will not be able to add to the good work right away, as he is currently serving a suspension pending an ECB disciplinary hearing into some of his historic tweets.
New Zealand, riding on Conway’s double, put up 378 in that first Test against England, and their position was further strengthened by a six-wicket haul from Tim Southee in England’s first dig, which ended at 275. With no play possible on the third day because of rain, England managed to hold on for a draw, but Southee’s haul – his second six-for at Lord’s – pushed him to a career-best No. 3 in the bowlers’ rankings.
England’s first innings was headlined by Rory Burns, who scored 132 in close to eight hours, and that moved him up 21 places to 22nd position.
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