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Devon Conway, who will be testing for the first time against England, has admitted that the Dukes ball is rocking more than Kookaburra but all that is required is that you have a game plan and stick to it. He also revealed that training with the Dukes in New Zealand before leaving for England was very beneficial.
Devon Conway emerged as one of the rising stars of the Black Caps in the summer at home against Australia and Bangladesh respectively. He has proven himself as a reliable player, has a very good head on his shoulders as well as the temperament to make waves at the top level. What’s interesting is that he has all his chances in white ball cricket, although his best is yet to come because it is the tallest form that stands out for his record in.
The seasoned player has participated in 107 matches for the football club, collecting 7130 points in 47.21 and scoring 18 points with 327 *, his highest score. What suits him well is that there are realistic chances of him making his debut in a two-match Test series against England, which will be quite challenging. In order to be well prepared for the series and the World Tennis Championships Finals, New Zealand held a preliminary camp with the Dukes for their players before they left for England so that they were well acquainted with them.
Commenting on the Dukes’ Ball Challenge, Conway said they are well prepared for it, thanks to their camp and they admit that it wobbles more, although all that is needed is a good game plan and faith in staying true to it.
“It was very helpful for us, you know, that we had the opportunity to play between the Duke’s Ball, learn how it works, try to craft a game plan, how to do things. But yeah, I don’t think that much changes. You know, we understand that ball is the Dukes.” Dukes teeter a little more than kookaburra does, but you know, you just have to face the ball and come up with a game plan and stick to it, ”the South African-born player said in an online press interaction, according to TOI.
In the camp before the tour, the 29-year-old received a lot of lessons from experienced players like Ross Taylor And Tom Latham. He stated that it was a good learning curve for him and had created some great memories with the group, which indicates that he has adapted well to the first team.
“It was a huge learning curve for me, in terms of how to put all the protocols in place, and try to stick to all of that. You know, just seeing guys have been in the group for so long, it was fun, and yes, a lot of memories actually made in short period.
“In preparation for the test, the guys have been here for a very long time. So you know, it’s kind of nice to learn from the experience of the players who have been at this level, they’ve been playing at that level for a long time.”
One of the biggest challenges in England is adapting to cold weather conditions as players find it difficult to adapt to the climate. Conway feels it’s a tough question, but things will improve once the body adjusts to itself.
“It’s about getting adapted to the lower grades. I think that’s a simple challenge in and of itself, but I think, you know, once the body gets used to that, it’s just about understanding what you really want to do and not complicating things …” Sothebyu added.
England and New Zealand will play the first test of the series from June 2 onwards at Lords Stadium. They will go through two tests and then the Kiwi will prepare for the final of the World Trade Championships against India, which will be held on June 18 in Southampton.
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