New Zealand's Conway joins Test debut 200 club

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Double century - New Zealand debutant Devon Conway celebrates after reaching 200 in the first Test against England at Lord's on Thursday

New Zealand's Devon Conway became just the seventh batsman in Test cricket's 144-year history to make a double century on debut with a score of exactly 200 against England at Lord's on Thursday.

The South Africa-born opener's marathon effort of more than nine-and-a-half hours was the cornerstone of New Zealand's first-innings total of 378.

Conway was in sight of becoming the first player to bat throughout their very first Test-match innings.

But with only last man Neil Wagner for company, he was run out after lunch on the second day of this two-match series, having faced 347 balls, including 22 fours.

But he had still joined an exclusive club, with Mathew Sinclair the only other New Zealand batsman to have made a double century on his Test bow.

Left-hander Conway had already broken the record for the highest innings by a batsman making their career Test debut at Lord's when, on Wednesday, he surpassed the 131 made by India's Souray Ganguly in 1996.

Conway's innings, which ensured a place on the famed dressing room honours board at the 'home of cricket', was also the second highest by a New Zealand batsman in a Test at Lord's behind Martin Donnelly's 206 in 1949.

Double hundreds on Test debut (score, batsman, team, opponent, venue, season):

287 Reginald Foster ENG v AUS Sydney 1903/04

222 no Jacques Rudolph RSA v BAN Chittagong 2002/03

214 Lawrence Rowe WIS v NZL Kingston 1971/72

214 Mathew Sinclair NZL v WIS Wellington 1999/00

210 no Kyle Mayers WIS v BAN Chattogram 2020/21

201 no Brendon Kuruppu SRI v NZL Colombo CCC 1986/87

200 Devon Conway NZL v ENG Lord's 2021

Test debut hundred at Lord's (total, team, opposition, season):

200 Devon Conway NZL v ENG 2021

131 Sourav Ganguly IND v ENG 1996

126 no Matt Prior ENG v WIS 2007

112 Andrew Strauss ENG v NZL 2004

107 Harry Graham AUS v ENG 1893

107 John Hampshire ENG v WIS 1969

Highest scores by a New Zealand batsman in a Test at Lord's (total, player, season) -- England the opposition in all cases:

206 Martin Donnelly 1949

200 Devon Conway 2021

175 Bevan Congdon 1973

142 Martin Crowe 1994

132 Kane Williamson 2015

123 Geoff Howarth 1978

120 Stewie Dempster 1931

106 Martin Crowe 1986


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