When Devon Conway scored 200 in New Zealand’s first innings in the first Test against England at Lord’s on Thursday, he became the first batsman to hit a double century on debut in England. Conway beat former India skipper Sourav Ganguly’s 25-year record as the highest scoring on debut at Lord’s on Wednesday. Conway finished Day 1 with 136 not out, surpassing Ganguly’s 131. In New Zealand’s first innings of 378 runs, the left-hander added 64 additional runs to his overnight score and was the last man out.
Conway also became the second New Zealand batsman, after Matthew Sinclair, to score a double century on debut, and the seventh in Test history. In his debut against the West Indies in Wellington in 1999, Sinclar scored 214 runs.
Conway’s name was added to the Lord’s honours board with this innings. Conway revealed what New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said after another New Zealander got his name carved among the game’s greats. Williamson struck a century at the venue in 2015, and Conway revealed what the captain said after another New Zealander got his name inscribed among the game’s greats.
On Wednesday, Conway remarked, “When we arrived to Lord’s a couple days ago, we stepped into the changing room and got the opportunity to look at all the legends and names up on that honours board.”
“When I asked Kane how it felt to see your name on that board [after Williamson’s century at Lord’s in 2015], he said the first thing he said when I got up into the dressing room was, ‘Now you know what it’s like, bro.’ It’s quite nice; it’s a fantastic location, and I’m pleased that my name may be shown there “Added he.