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Eng vs NZ 2021 – ‘Now you know what it’s like, bro’

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Having waited so long for Test debut, opener etches his name on away room board at first attempt

Devon Conway has had to wait a long time for his chance in Test cricket. He moved from his native South Africa in his mid-20s to try to establish himself in a new country, then had to serve a three-year period before becoming eligible to represent New Zealand. He made his T20I debut last year and an ODI debut in March (current averages: 59.12 and 75.00), before being called into the Test squad to tour England.
Once over here, there was another wait to see whether he would get his chance – finally confirmed by New Zealand’s coach, Gary Stead, a couple of days out from the Lord’s Test and made public on the eve of the match by captain Kane Williamson. Then, after finally donning the whites and walking down the steps to the middle after Williamson had won the toss, Conway waited patiently at the non-striker’s end as Tom Latham faced 18 consecutive deliveries from James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

It proved well worth the wait for Conway, who finished his first day in Test cricket 136 not out, having marshalled a strong showing for New Zealand from start to finish. “It was a pretty surreal moment, I couldn’t have dreamed for a better start to my Test career,” he said afterwards.

“It took maybe three or four overs to face my first ball, but I was pretty grateful for that. It gave me an opportunity to have look at the bowling from the non-striker’s end. I’ve never faced Broady and Anderson [before], so it gave me a chance to see how it was going off the wicket and get some clues from Tommy Latham. The communication was good and clear, so it gave me a chance before that first ball.”

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