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Devon Conway marks Test debut with record double ton

Eng v NZ, 1st Test, day two, report

A record double-century from Devon Conway helped New Zealand to a strong first-innings total before England bounced back with Joe Root and Rory Burns' solid stand.


England reached stumps at 111/2, trailing by 267, after bowling out New Zealand for 378 earlier in the day.

New Zealand were guided to a strong total on the back of Devon Conway's sensational 200 (347) with valuable contributions by Henry Nicholls 61 (175), despite the spirited bowling effort of Ollie Robinson (4/75) and Mark Wood (3/81).

England were rocked early in the innings courtesy of a brilliant spell of bowling by Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee. Jamieson struck first, trapping Dominic Sibley for naught in the third over of the innings. Southee then induced an outside edge from Zak Crawley, with a beautiful out-swinging delivery, which found the gloves of BJ Watling behind the wickets.

England were left reeling at 25/2 with Rory Burns and Joe Root at the crease as they head into Tea.

Root and Burns displayed their patience as they helped revitalise England's innings. The duo stitched together a third-wicket stand of 93* runs, coming to England's rescue.

The duo weren't troubled by the New Zealand bowlers as they picked up the scoring rate with the end of day's play looming. Burns notched his ninth Test half-century in 90 deliveries while Joe Root finished the final session 8 runs shy of his fifty.

Earlier, New Zealand started the day on a positive note as Nicholls and Conway picked up where they left off on the opening day. The pair added 42 runs to their overnight partnership of 132 for the fourth wicket. During the course of which, Nicholls brought up his 11th Test fifty.

It was the introduction of Mark Wood that help provide the much-needed breakthrough for England. A short-ball did the trick against Nicholls, inducing a top edge that flew to Robinson at long leg. Four overs later, Wood struck again, drawing an edge from Watling, finding Sibley in the second slip.

The fall of the wicket triggered a middle-order collapse for New Zealand. Robinson trapped Colin de Grandhomme for a duck after a good review from Root. In the very next over, Mitchell Santer followed suit after falling to Wood for no runs.

England went into lunch the happier side, picking up four wickets and conceding only 68 runs in the first session of the day.Β 

England resumed in the same manner after lunch as Robinson made Kyle Jamieson his fourth victim of the day. Southee didn't manage to stick at the crease for too long after, falling prey to James Anderson.

Despite that, Conway powered on, with a helping hand from Neil Wagner. The duo picked up the pace towards the end as they added a quickfire 40 runs to the total. Conway registered his Test double hundred on his debut in style, with a six over fine leg. His milestone made him only the seventh player to score a double hundred on Test debut.

Conway's sublime innings came to an end in the very next over after being run out but his last-wicket stand with Wagner gave New Zealand a major boost, putting up a solid first innings total.Β 

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