New Zealand batsman Devon Conway has become the sixth cricketer to hit a century on his Test debut at the Lord’s. Conway achieved the feat on Day 1 of the ongoing first Test against England.
The 29-year-old smashed unbeaten 136 runs on Wednesday as the Kiwis marched to a strong position, finishing the first day at 246/3.
With the achievement, Conway also broke former India skipper Sourav Ganguly’s 25-year-old record of the highest Test score on debut at Lord’s. Ganguly had played a knock of 131 runs on his Test debut at the venue in 1996.
Batsmen to have scored Test debut hundred at Lord’s:
Harry Graham 107 AUS vs ENG 1893
John Hampshire 107 ENG vs WI 1969
Sourav Ganguly 131 IND vs ENG 1996
Andrew Strauss 112 ENG vs NZ 2004
Matt Prior 126* ENG vs WI 2007
Devon Conway TBC ENG vs NZ 2021
Meanwhile, opting to bat first in the opening Test of the two-match series against Joe Root-led side, New Zealand got off to a steady start as the openers Tom Latham and Devon Conway stitched a partnership of 58 runs for the first wicket.
However, the opening stand was broken in the 16th over as Ollie Robinson bowled Latham for 57-ball 23, bringing the Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson to the middle.
Although, the 30-year-old also failed to put up a good show with the bat and lost his wicket to James Anderson in 26th over, reducing the visitors to 86/2.