England and New Zealand 1st Test: Devon Conway breaks 39-year-old world record

Devon Conway was dismissed for 23 runs in the second innings after scoring 200 in the first, but his total of 223 runs set a new world record. He went past Wessels, who had scored 162 and 46 runs in his debut Test against England in 1982.

Conway broke Kepler Wessels’ 39-year-old global record for the most runs scored by an opener on Test debut on Day 4 after breaking Sourav Ganguly and Ranjitsinjhi’s records and being the first debutant to hit a double ton in England on Day 1 and Day 2.

In the list of highest run-scorers in the first-ever Test match, Devon Conway is at the fifth spot. Lawrence Row of the West Indies, who made 314 runs against Australia in 1972, tops the list. He also passed Matthew Sinclair for the most runs scored by a New Zealand cricketer on his debut.

At stumps on the fourth day, New Zealand was 62-2 in their second innings with a 165 runs lead. Ollie Robinson continues his outstanding on-field debut by dismissing both Conway and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson for 2-8 in nine overs.

Following Friday’s total washout, New Zealand had harmed their chances of taking a 1-0 lead in the two-match series by twice reprieving Burns before he completed his third Test century.

 

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