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Conway scores a century on test debut at Lord’s – Who were the four before him?

Devon Conway on his way to a Test hundred on debut at Lord’s. (Image Source: Twitter.com)A star was born at the Home of Cricket on the 2nd of June 2021 as Devon Conway became the first New Zealander to score a hundred on Test debut at Lord’s and the 12th Blackcaps player to do it overall. Conway rode his way to a magnificent 136 not out at stumps on Day 1 against England while taking apart and standing tall to everything that came his way.

Devon Conway who was born in South Africa moved to New Zealand in 2018 where he was offered a contract to play for Wellington. He was the domestic player of the year in 2019, a season in which he scored a magnificent 327 not out for Wellington against Canterbury in a first-class match. After he became eligible to represent the Blackcaps in 2020, Conway made his debut in the T20 format against the Windies.

Conway got to his maiden test century on debut in just 163 balls which included 11 boundaries. His flow to the innings was just so brilliant to watch as a neutral. He sapped the energy out of the English bowlers on a pitch that expected them to be high octane all the time. Conway became the first foreign batsman since Indian legend Sourav Ganguly to score a hundred on Test debut at the iconic Home of Cricket, Lord’s. Conway has already gotten the highest score on a Test debut at Lord’s and will look forward to being the first-ever cricketer to score a double century on Test debut at Lord’s.

Talking about the others who have achieved this feat before, another legendary left-hander Sourav Ganguly comes to mind when back in 1996, Dada scored a swashbuckling 131 on debut in very difficult conditions against a good bowling attack on a day. That was on the third day of the second test between England and India where Dada came on to bat at no.3 and batted with great grit and determination ensuring that the Indian total got past the English total and the match ended in a draw.

Andrew Strauss had also scored a hundred on Test debut at Lord’s which was against New Zealand back in 2004. It was yet another left-hander rising to the occasion and giving England a solid platform to take the lead in the second innings. Strauss scored 112 in the first innings and 83 in the second innings as England won the test match by 7 wickets. Matt Prior also scored a test hundred on debut at Lord’s and also became the first English wicketkeeper to do so. John Hampshire and Harry Graham are the other batsmen to score a debut test hundred at Lord’s. Hampshire did so for England against the West Indies in 1969 whereas Graham scored for Australia against England in 1893.

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