Cricket world erupts over Kiwi debutant's insane slice of history

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Pictured here, Devon Conway raises his bat after hitting 200 runs against England.
Devon Conway's brilliant 200 for New Zealand earned him a place in the Test cricket record books. Pic: Getty

New Zealand's Devon Conway has left the cricket world in a spin after joining one of most exclusive clubs in Test history.

The Kiwi debutant became just the seventh batsman ever to score a double century on Test debut as New Zealand set a commanding first innings score against England in the first Test match at Lord's.

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Conway made exactly 200 runs before England captain Joe Root helped the hosts recover from a top-order collapse on the second day of the series opener.

Opening batsman Conway was last man out in a first-innings total of 378.

England, who slumped to 18-2, ended the day on 111-2, a deficit of 267 runs.

Burns was 59 not out and Joe Root unbeaten on 42, with England's partnership worth 93 runs when day two ended.

Conway faced 347 balls and hit 22 fours, before bringing up his 200 in style when he hooked Wood for a brilliant six.

Incredibly, the South Africa-born left-hander was in sight of becoming the very first batsman in the 144-year history of Test cricket to carry their bat throughout an entire innings in their first knock in the format when he was run out to end a stay of more than nine-and-a-half hours.

Nevertheless, it needed a review of a close call before it was confirmed Root had taken the bails off in time.

It was a devastating end to an innings that won't be forgotten anytime soon, with the cricket world flooding social media to praise Conway's brilliance.

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"It was an incredible innings. He's a special player, we’ve known that for a little while now," New Zealand quick Tim Southee told reporters.

"He works extremely hard, he's always willing to learn and continue to ask questions. Everyone's just extremely proud and pleased for him."

The Kiwi quick - who took 1-17 in 11 overs - said the contest was "reasonably evenly poised" going into day three.

"There's a little bit there for the bowlers," he added.

New Zealand, who resumed on 246-3, looked like they might bat England out of the game while Conway and fellow left-hander Henry Nicholls (61) were sharing a fourth-wicket stand of 174.

Seen here, New Zealand batsman Devon Conway celebrates his 200 against England.
Conway is just the seventh player in Test history to score a double century on debut. Pic: Getty

But they lost four wickets for just six runs as they slumped from 288-3 to 294-7, with Mark Wood, the fastest member of England's pace quartet, instigating a collapse when he had Nicholls caught at long leg by Test debutant Ollie Robinson.

Sussex paceman Robinson led England's attack with 4-75 in 28 overs.

Robinson's 'character' test 

It was a fine effort by Robinson, who apologised after stumps on day one after racist and sexist tweets he had posted as a teenager were published again.

"Yesterday was a hard day, it tested his personality and character," said England batting coach Graham Thorpe of Robinson.

"We have to support him as a player in our team we were really happy with the way he performed today.".

Assessing the match situation, the former England batsman added: "From where we were this morning, we're really happy to fight back.

"We said yesterday that New Zealand didn't get away from us, we didn't bowl badly so we had to make inroads and 378, we'd have taken that from the position that we were in."

New Zealand, who after this two-match series face India in the inaugural World Test Championship final at Southampton later this month, struck with the new ball despite being without left-arm spearhead Trent Boult, who had been on family leave following a stint in the Indian Premier League.

Towering paceman Kyle Jamieson had Dom Sibley lbw for a duck on 'umpire's call' after a review.

But there was no doubt when Zak Crawley was caught behind off Southee for two.

Burns and Root, however, then held firm in an often attritional stand, although left-hander Burns did go to fifty in 90 balls.

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