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Eng v NZ 1st test: Conway debut 100 puts New Zealand ahead on day 1

Devon Conway scored a superb debut test 100, the 12th New Zealand batsman to do so. As New Zealand pile up an impressive 246/3 on day one of the 1st test at Lords on a placid pitch.

Winning the toss, New Zealand batted and went into the game with 3 fast bowlers. One allrounder and one specialist spinner compared to England who played 4 fast bowlers and no specialist spinners. Whether this will come back and bite England later in the match, only time will tell.

Eng v NZ 1st test: Conway debut 100 puts New Zealand ahead on day 1. After a good opening stand between debutant Conway and Tom Latham of 58. The latter played on to England’s debutant fast bowler Olly Robinson much against the run of play. Latham(23) looked settled before his dismissal.

Williamson did not last long with another played on dismissal for 13 this time to Anderson soon after lunch. Ross Taylor (14) was appearing to get focussed for a long innings before England bowlers’ strategy to target his pads finally paid off, Robinson getting him lbw.

Eng v NZ 1st test: Conway debut 100 puts New Zealand ahead on day 1
New Zealand’s Devon Conway plays a shot to reach his century on the first day of the first Test between Eng v NZ.

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This started a long unbeaten 132 runs 4th wicket stand between the two lefthanders Conway and Henry Nicholls. Conway looked unflustered for a debutant and grew in confidence with his longer stay. Known to be an aggressive lefthander in shorter formats. The South African born’s most productive shots appeared to be his front foot drives down the ground and through offside.

Flicks off his pads and occasional one-legged pull shots. The only time he looked rattled was when Mark Wood bowled some rapid short deliveries. Root’s efforts to bowl off spin did not help him to get any breakthrough . Conway completed his 100 by flicking Robinson off his pads for a beautiful boundary and later stayed undefeated at 136. Nicholls played in his typical gritty fashion to add 46 before close and the Kiwis look in the box seat at 246/3 on what’s looks like a very placid first-day pitch at Lords with a sparse crowd attending the proceedings on a bright sunny day.

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