Devon Conway fit again: Before making his test debut, his Wellington teammate Logan van Beek asked Devon Conway on the Follow Through with LVB podcast about milestones he would like to mark during his career. Growing up, he watched Jacques Kallis wait 15 years to get his first double-hundred on the test.
“There hasn’t been too much specific that I’ve been working on,” Conway said before flying out to the UAE. “I’ve been going through a months’ work of fitness training that the fitness trainer Chris Donaldson has sent me through, so there’s been a lot of fitness work done over the last month and then I’ve just allowed my finger to recover after the slight injury that I had a few months ago. But it’s all looking pretty positive and then just going through the T20 preparation – trying to work out a formula and what sort of plans I’m going to try and execute over in the UAE.”
In his first test innings, Conway made a great double century against England at Lord’s. And two tests later he won the first world test championship. He later suffered a finger injury during the Hundred but is now fit and ready to crack at the World Cup.
The odds are good against Conway in the United Arab Emirates. He has never played in the country and has only toured the subcontinent once after traveling to Sri Lanka to attend school in 2005. Conway hopes to find the minds of the other players more familiar with these terms. Ten members of the New Zealand World Cup team are currently participating in the second stage of the IPL in the United Arab Emirates.
“I wouldn’t say I’ve had many experiences in these sorts of conditions, so I’m looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead,” Conway said. “We have quite a lot of experience around in the group that has played on that sort of a level and in the sort of conditions, so I’m sure I’ll be having lots of conversations with guys that have been there in the past and learning from them and going forward.”
Conway has only played a handful of international matches to date, but a major achievement in a group that includes India and Pakistan to follow the test heroes in England could determine his career.
Conway has also worked with batting coach Luke Ronchi. He has played 31 T20 in the UAE. And has 976 runs with an average of 33.65 and a hit rate of 158.69. Ronchi’s strength at the top was instrumental in Islamabad United winning its second PSL title in 2018. The UAE hosted the league phase this season before the tournament moved to Pakistan for the knockouts.
Conway often opens the headlines for Wellington. But his southpaw and busy approach have given New Zealand a great option in the middle.
Last summer as a local international he scored four out of fifty goals. Including 99 of 59 unbeaten balls against Australia in Christchurch.
He had also advanced into the Super Smash final earlier this year, breaking 93 undefeated balls. Out of 63 to help Wellington chase 176 and successfully defend his T20 title.
Anticipating the Yorkers on Canterbury’s Will Williams stumps in the final. Conway gave himself leeway to stay out and take the win. Sure, Conway isn’t a power hitter, but such cunning could come in handy in the United Arab Emirates, where pitches at IPL.
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