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Devon Conway breaks 125-year-old record on way to double century on Test debut

Devon Conway has broken a 125-year-old record held by the legendary KS Ranjitsinhji for the highest score by a batsman on Test debut in England on way to his double century.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: June 3, 2021 7:23:15 pm
Devon Conway in action on Day 2 of the 1st Test vs England (Twitter/BlackCaps)

New Zealand debutant and opening batsman Devon Conway smashed multiple records — some dating back to the 1800s — on way to his double century during the first innings of the 1st Test vs England. He is only the 7th batsman to score a double century on Test debut.

The South African-born 29-year-old carried on his record-breaking spree on Day 2, even as wickets fell at the other end. When he went past 154, he broke a 125-year-old record held by the legendary KS Ranjitsinhji for the highest score by a batsman on Test debut in England.

He reached his double century with a hooked six. He was eventually run out for 200 off 347 balls, with New Zealand putting up 378.

Highest Scores on debut in England:

Devon Conway (200 vs Eng, 2021)
KS Ranjitsinhji (154* vs Aus, 1896)
and WG Grace (152 vs Aus, 1880)

Highest score by a New Zealand player at Lord’s

Martin Donnelly’s 206
Devon Conway 200
Bevan Congdon 175

Highest scores by debutants in 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

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
200 – Devon Conway (NZ) in London, 2021
168 – Fawad Alam (PAK) in Colombo, 2009

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Conway had already etched his name on the Lords honours board on Day 1 with an unbeaten century. He had also broken Sourav Ganguly’s 25-year-old record of the highest Test score on debut at Lord’s, when he went past 131. The left-handed batsman remained unbeaten on 136 as New Zealand finished the first day at 246 for three.

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