Devon Conway's international cricket call-up appears a formality, after a triple century for Wellington against Canterbury.
It was a marathon knock by the impressive South African ex-pat, but Blackcaps fans will have to bide their time.
Conway scored just the 8th triple century in first class cricket in New Zealand, after resuming the day on 261.
"When you think about it, it's such a massive total," Conway told Newshub. "Pretty happy things went my way, pretty chuffed."
Conway defied the Canterbury bowlers for over eight hours. His innings included 48 fours and five sixes.
After moving to NZ from Johannesburg in 2017, Conway has been a stand-out performer. He was the top scorer in the Plunket Shield last year and has now scored 17 first class centuries, averaging more than 44.
"We've played a lot together over the past couple of seasons," said Blackcaps' Jimmy Neesham. "He's a fantastic player, obviously."
The 28-year-old now seems a shoo-in to follow the likes of South African-born players like Neil Wagner, BJ Watling and Grant Elliott into NZ cricket when he becomes eligible next September.
"He potentially can play all three formats for the Blackcaps," said Firebirds coach Glenn Pocknall. "And that's pretty exciting looking to the future.
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