On Thursday, New Zealand star Devon Conway etched his name in history books as he became the seventh batsman to smash a double-hundred in his debut match in Test cricket. For New Zealand, Conway became the second batter to hit a double century after Matthew Sinclair, who achieved the feat in 1999 against West Indies.
Conway reached the milestone against England on day 2 of the ongoing first Test at Lord Cricket Ground. On the last ball of the 122nd over, the South African born Kiwi batter hit a massive six over fine leg to complete his double century in grand style. However, he ran himself out in the very next over, and the visitors got bundled out for 378 runs.
Double hundred on debut Test:
- Tip Foster – 287, Eng v Aus, at SCG, 1903
- Lawrence Rowe – 214, WI v NZ, at Kingston, 1972
- Priyantha Kuruppu – 201*, SL v NZ, at Colombo, 1987
- Matthew Sinclair – 214, NZ v WI, at Wellington, 1999
- Jacubos Rudolf – 222*, SA v Ban, at Chattogram, 2003
- Kyle Mayers – 210*, WI v Ban, at Chattogram, 2021
- Devon Conway – 200, at Lord’s, 2021
Highest individual scores in debut innings (Tests):
- 287 – Tip Foster Eng v Aus 1903/04
- 222* – Jacques Rudolph SA v Ban 2003
- 214 – Lawrence Rowe WI v NZ 1971/72
- 214 – Mathew Sinclair NZ v WI 1999/00
- 201* – Brendon Kuruppu SL v NZ 1987
- 200 – Devon Conway NZ v Eng 2021
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Well played Devon Conway. What a fantastic story of it being “never to late & never giving up”. Follow your dreams👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻.
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) June 3, 2021
Love a fairytale. Conway you little ripper. Congrats mate. #nzveng
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) June 3, 2021
Devon Conway had never got a first-class century opening before. He's now got 200 on debut at Lord's.
— Tim Wigmore (@timwig) June 3, 2021
Dev run out while batting like God pic.twitter.com/BscPDFhJAp
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) June 3, 2021
Devon Conway you classy fellow! Bravo man! Take a bow. 200 on Test debut. Wow. Huge congratulations. A debut that won’t be forgotten. #ENGvNZ
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) June 3, 2021
Devon Conway is first batsman in Test history to reach 200 with a six on debut. And only third New Zealanders, after Mathew Sinclair & Brendon McCullum, to reach 200 in Tests with a maximum.
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) June 3, 2021
Must be doubly special for Devon Conway to bring up this amazing debut Test double-ton in the company of another passionate man, Neil Wagner, who left South Africa for New Zealand with nothing but one suitcase and a lot of hope to get a shot at international cricket #EngvNZ pic.twitter.com/vy0FHV0jmZ
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) June 3, 2021
Meanwhile it’s a dream debut for Devon Conway with a double hundred in England who has been giving us company in quarantine here in AD,brilliant stuff #ENGvNZ
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) June 3, 2021
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
179* – Devon Conway (NZ) in London, 2021
168 – Fawad Alam (PAK) in Colombo, 2009#ENGvNZ pic.twitter.com/WkajdcoX7J
— Nic Savage (@nic_savage1) June 3, 2021
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) June 3, 2021
Devon Conway on Test debut:
– 7th batsman to score double century.
– 2nd kiwi to score double century.
– reached his 200 with a SIX.
– first player to score a double century in and against England.
– scored more than 50% of total team runs.
What a way to announce yourself. pic.twitter.com/oyGy6beqnA
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) June 3, 2021
Devon Conway becomes the 200th player to score a double century in men's Tests. And he scores exactly 200.#NZvENG
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) June 3, 2021
Devon Conway scored 200 runs against Anderson, Broad, Wood, Robinson attack in England on his Test debut. One bowler having more than 600 wickets and another bowler having more than 500 wickets – one to remember for his lifetime. #ENGvNZ pic.twitter.com/9ZSZ3ZCaPr
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 3, 2021