Devon Conway looms as the deadliest weapon in New Zealand’s arsenal

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Feb 11, 2022, 07:25

Johannesburg — With Kane Williamson out injured and Ross Taylor now retired, Devon Conway looms as the major batting threat for New Zealand for the two-match Test series against the Proteas that starts next week.

Once upon a time Conway may have been donning a green cap with a Proteas emblazoned on it, rather than a black one with a silver fern, but his life took a different direction, much to the benefit of the New Zealand team.

Conway has played nine Test innings for his adopted nation, and on five occasions he’s surpassed 50, turning three of those in hundreds, including a double century at Lord’s on debut last year. He made two hundreds in the last two Tests the Kiwis played against Bangladesh. “He’s had a great start to Test cricket - his numbers speak volumes, he’s in a massively purple patch at the moment,” Dean Elgar said on Thursday.

Conway’s journey from the Wanderers to Wellington, is now well known. Despite posting big numbers as a schoolboy and then for the Gauteng Strikers’ semi-professional side, Conway, who matriculated from St John’s in Johannesburg, just couldn’t cut it at franchise level for the Highveld Lions.

Speaking at the time Conway made his debut at Lord’s, his former coach at the Lions, Geoffrey Toyana, told IOL Sport that Conway had put too much pressure on himself to perform which was based on all the publicity he was getting in domestic circles at the time. “From all the people in Gauteng talking about him, to coaches, teachers and other players and then he comes into the Lions dressing room at the time, with those older guys, I think he wanted to impress them and when he didn’t make runs he must have thought to himself, ‘well, what do they think of me, am I good enough?’ He was disappointed, he’d let himself down. It was tough.”

Conway shared the Lions dressing room with Rassi van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma, while Kagiso Rabada was also a familiar face, coming through the ranks as a junior at the time. Elgar, who would have faced Conway on the domestic scene, said there’d be no chirping from the Proteas about the Conway’s decision to take his talents Down Under.

“He’s playing with a different badge on his chest,” said the Proteas captain. “We don’t see him as a South African guy, he is living here, he plays for another country. I’m sure there’ll be some friendly chats off the field with Dev. A lot of guys know him and played with him and against him. Once match day comes and you walk over that white line, it's all about business irrespective of whether he’s your friend.”

From New Zealand’s perspective, Conway’s batting will be crucial to the outcome of the series. Taylor and Williamson are two of their all time great batters, and their absence leaves an enormous hole in the batting order. The selectors recalled Hamish Rutherford, who last played a Test seven years ago, and Daryl Mitchell, who’s played just seven Tests to fill in the gap. But the onus will be on Conway, skipper Tom Latham and Will Young, who made three half centuries against Bangladesh recently, to make the bulk of the runs against a South African attack that is high on confidence.

Feb 11, 2022, 07:58


When Labuschagne's father spoke about playing cricket he siad that his son will never make it into the SA team because of pigmentation problems - that is why he chose to play for Australia.  The same applies to Dawid Malan playing for England.   Now it is Conway - who could not get into the provincial team when playing cricket in SA.

Bedingham is on his way to play for England and there are a number of youngsters going the same way.   Yet Mozart is celebrating about that one and obviously lost the plot completely.  A  number of other younger players will soon be in the same boat.   

I am afraid the 1970'ss situation is back again and SA players will not stay to play for SA because  of the same scenario.    

Feb 11, 2022, 13:13

You don't want to take Pompous Piles seriously, laugh at him....hy weet fokol. Blind Freddie can see our best is plying their trade in other countries......he can't.

Feb 11, 2022, 22:09

Yes politics has ruined  many sporting careers for SA born players because of color and resulted in the players seeking fame and fortune elsewhere.

Every good player would love to represent their country of birth but alas  Politics over everything and just look at the mess.


Feb 11, 2022, 22:57

Does that mean that the colour of ones skin is again the determining factor in South African life?

For god sake are we going through that bullshit 2 year old behaviour again.


Feb 11, 2022, 23:00

We are more than happy that Devon, Neil, BJ and a fee others have come to NZ.

It has strengthened NZ Cricket.

They have all delivered for NZ.

These guys are admired and very much appreciated in NZ.

Wagner is a real fighter.

Thank you South Africa 

Feb 12, 2022, 01:39

I am afraid we are now in  the new apartheid era in SA with Whjtes, Coloreds and Indians being discriminated against.   

Feb 12, 2022, 08:26

"Does that mean that the colour of ones skin is again the determining factor in South African life?

For god sake are we going through that bullshit 2 year old behaviour again."

Still, it never changed more than the coin flipping...the "outher side' is out for revenge and has been tightening the screws  for 28 years...slowly turning up the heat, hell bent on boiling the frog without it realizing...luckily we have some sensible people too.

Feb 15, 2022, 21:59

‘Our best is (sic) plying their trade in other countries’. Okay….so who are the bowlers who are better than Ngidi, Rabada and Nortje? The floor is your’s Quisling, if you are not too afraid. And do get ‘is’ and ‘are’ right. It makes you look like such a fool.

Feb 16, 2022, 04:24


People who once played for SA cannot go to other countries to play international rugby and youc commented only on three of those.    That is not very clever - fact is we are beginning to lose young talent - especially in the batting Department.       

There is just one issue to be cleared up and that is about Brevis - when are you going to start your attack on him?   

Feb 16, 2022, 17:48

Look it’s a very simple question not addressed to you. Quisling said that our best players are ‘plying their trade overseas’….I simply want him to name the bowlers who are better than Rabada, Ngidi and Nortje. Given his statement that should be easy ….so I await his answer, no need for you to involve yourself.

Feb 16, 2022, 21:06

Some top bats have played for England Aus and NZ over the last few decades...KP, Trot, Labuschangne, Malan, someone playing for NZ, slipped my mind at present...we export way more than we import...same goes for doctors and engineers. 

Feb 16, 2022, 23:07

But oddly no top bowlers and even among the batsmen Amla and AB were better than the likes of KP. We have exported more rugby talent than cricket talent.

Feb 17, 2022, 09:50

That doesn't make KP not good enough to play for that time SA had a stellar side, but KP should have gotten a look at least. He had no hope.

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