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New Zealand scored 378 runs in the first innings of the first Test against England, thanks to Devon Conway’s (200 runs) double century on his debut Test. Conway has become the seventh batsman in the world and the second New Zealand batsman to score a double century on debut in the 144-year history of Test cricket. In reply, England scored 111 for two in their first innings till stumps on the second day. Opener Rory Burns 59 and captain Joe Root were unbeaten on 42.
52% of New Zealand’s runs scored alone
Conway scored 52.91 percent of New Zealand’s innings alone. This is the second biggest contribution by a debutant to his team. The world record is in the name of Charles Bannerman of Australia. Bannerman had already scored 67.34% runs in Tests for Australia 144 years ago. Then Bannerman played an unbeaten innings of 165 runs. It was the first match in the history of Test cricket.
Second opener to score double century on debut
Conway has become the seventh and second opener overall to score a double century in a debut Test. Earlier, among the batsmen who scored a double century on debut, only Sri Lanka’s Brandon Kuruppu was the opener. Also, Conway is the sixth batsman to score a double century in the first innings. West Indies’ Kyle Myers scored a double century in the second innings of his first Test match.
Biggest innings on debut in England
Conway has become the batsman to score the biggest innings in a debut Test on England soil. Before him this record was in the name of Ranji of England. Ranji played an unbeaten innings of 154 runs at Manchester in 1896. That is, Conway has also become the first batsman to score a double century in the debut Test on England soil. Conway was 29 years, 329 days old at the start of this match. That is, he has also become the oldest player to score a double century on debut.
Debutant Ollie Robinson took 4 wickets
England’s debutant fast bowler Olly Robinson played a key role in New Zealand’s first innings being bundled out for less than 400 runs. He took four wickets for 75 runs. Mark Wood took 3 and James Anderson took 2 wickets. Conway is run out. He was the last batsman to be dismissed in New Zealand’s innings. Conway spent a total of 578 minutes at the crease. He finished second in terms of spending the most minutes at the crease on debut. Kuruppu had spent a record 777 minutes at the crease.