Johannesburg-born Devon Conway recorded a stunning double century, while enjoying a fruitful 40-run final-wicket stand with Pretoria-born Neil Wagner as New Zealand recorded 378 all out in the first innings against England.
Conway’s remarkable innings, in which he reached 200 with a six, unfortunately ended with him being run out by the smallest of margins.
Nevertheless, it was a knock on Test debut that will not be quickly forgotten, while Wagner finished on 25 not out off just 21 balls.
Earlier in the day, England fast bowler Mark Wood had rocked New Zealand with a three-wicket burst as the hosts fought back on the second day of the first Test at Lord’s.
New Zealand lost four wickets for just six runs as they slumped from 288-3 to 294-7.
At lunch on the second day, the Kiwis reached 314-7, with Conway extending his overnight hundred to 179 not out.
Conway had shared a fourth-wicket stand of 174 with Henry Nicholls before his fellow left-hander holed out off Wood for 61 to spark the collapse.
Yet, Conway and Wagner then combined at the death to ensure New Zealand reached a more-than-competitive first-innings score.
Conway had started the day on 136 not out, already the highest score by anyone making their career Test debut at Lord’s, surpassing Sourav Ganguly’s 131 for India in 1996.
He held firm to compile what is the second-highest score by any New Zealand batsman in a Test at Lord’s behind Martin Donnelly’s 206 made in 1949.
7 – New Zealand’s Devon Conway becomes the seventh batsman to score a double hundred on debut in men’s Test cricket and only the second @BLACKCAPS player to do so; he is also the 9th overseas player to score a double ton at Lord’s. Monumental. #ENGvNZ pic.twitter.com/wKgTu4pUmn
— OptaJim (@OptaJim) June 3, 2021