NZ vs BAN: Devon Conway all set to make his comeback in the first Test
Devon Conway made 379 runs in three Test matches in 2021.
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New Zealand and England played the semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2021. England made 166 runs for the loss of four wickets in 20 overs while batting first. New Zealand lost two wickets for 13 runs in three overs and looked in a really bad shape. However, Daryl Mitchell and Devon Conway tried their best to take New Zealand over the line.
In the 14th over, Liam Livingstone dismissed Conway for a score of 46 runs off 38 balls. Conway struck his bat after getting dismissed and X-Ray confirmed that he broke his right hand’s fifth metacarpal. It ruled him out of the final against Australia, which New Zealand lost by eight wickets. Conway also missed the two-match Test series against India which India won by a 1-0 margin.
Conway made his return to a cricket field on December 28 during a practice match against Bangladesh before Blackcaps host the Tigers on New Year’s Day. Conway captained New Zealand XI, but couldn’t leave a mark as Abu Jayed dismissed him for a duck. Conaway has confirmed that he has completely recovered and is excited to feature in the first Test.
“My hand has recovered really nicely and that puts me in selection for the next test,” Conway told Stuff.co.nz.
“There is tenderness here and there, but it’s nothing too serious and doesn’t really worry me that much. I’m fit, firing, and excited to go if I do get selected,” he added.
Try and control your emotions in the heat of battle: Devon Conway
Despite failing with the bat, Conway is likely to open the innings along with Tom Latham. The selectors are likely to pick him because of his astonishing numbers last year, including a double-century on debut at Lord’s against England and a crucial 54 in the World Test Championship final.
“Even though it was a practice match, once you get out, you’ve got to accept the consequences that come with that,” Conway said.
“It would have obviously been better being out in the middle, but I still had a good day of training.”
Conway learned his lesson from the incident against England.
“Don’t hit your bat. My message to other cricketers out there would be to try and control your emotions in the heat of battle. And try to avoid punching your bat,” he added.
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