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Injury blow for NZ: Devon Conway out of first Test against Australia

Injury blow for NZ: Devon Conway out of first Test against Australia

The 32-year-old sustained an injury to his left thumb while keeping wicket during the second T20I against Australia earlier in February.

New Zealand vs Australia 1st Test: New Zealand‘s preparations for the crucial World Test Championship encounter against Australia have been disrupted by a late injury setback to key opener Devon Conway.

Devon Conway ruled out:

The 32-year-old sustained an injury to his left thumb while keeping wicket during the second T20I against Australia earlier in February.

This unfortunate incident forced him out of the first Test, which begins on Thursday in Wellington.

Nicholls called in:

To fill the void left by Devin Conway’s absence, veteran batsman Henry Nicholls has been called up to the New Zealand squad.

Nicholls, with his experience of 56 Test matches, is a strong contender to replace Conway as the opening partner alongside Kane Williamson.

Coach Expresses Disappointment:

New Zealand coach Gary Stead acknowledged the disappointment of losing Conway, especially considering the importance of the upcoming World Test Championship match. He praised Conway’s class and his eagerness to contribute in the series.

Looking Ahead:

While the setback is significant, the inclusion of Nicholls offers some consolation. His experience and versatility in the batting order provide options for the Black Caps as they strategize for the opening Test.

World Test Championship stakes:

The upcoming series carries significant weight for both teams in the ongoing World Test Championship. Currently, New Zealand sits atop the standings with a win-loss percentage of 75, while Australia occupies the third position with a 55% win-loss record. A strong performance in this series will be crucial for their respective World Test Championship aspirations.

NZ vs AUS Test Schedule:

  • First Test: February 29 – March 4, Cello Basin Reserve, Wellington
  • Second Test: March 8 – 12, Hagley Oval, Christchurch

With the first Test just around the corner, New Zealand will be hoping to cope with Conway’s absence and emerge victorious in this pivotal World Test Championship clash.

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