Blackcaps v Australia: New batting star Devon Conway craves NZ test selection for Lord's world final

Any question marks around Devon Conway's ability to perform in international cricket have now surely been answered.

The Blackcaps batter has blasted 99 not out to singlehandedly seal an emphatic 53-run victory over Australia in their opening T20 at Christchurch.

As the side arrived in Dunedin on Tuesday, many wondered whether Conway should be in the test XI and how was he overlooked in the Indian Premier League auction?

The two national sides were welcomed by school students, a day after Conway handed out a lesson in short-format batting.

His man-of-the-match performance lifted his scoring aggregate to 273 runs at an average of 91 in just seven games.

Conway was denied a famous maiden century... 

"Mitch Santner said to me, 'bro, we're running two no matter what', and I think realistically I hit it straight to the guy, so I was never getting back."

But he doesn't just want T20 success.

"It's been a dream of mine from a young age to play test cricket, but realistically, if you look at that test team there are no real spaces for me, which is understandable," he says.

The Blackcaps middle order is world class, with skipper Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls and Ross Taylor all currently ranked in the top 20 of the ICC rankings.

Conway's only viable way into the current test team may be as an opener in the place of Tom Blundell.

"Whatever's best for the team, I'm happy to bat wherever that is," he says.

But Conway's game-winning ability could surely be useful in the World Test Championship final at Lord's in June.

"I'm sure he'll be on the plane to be over there," says Blackcaps all-rounder Jimmy Neesham, who shared a 47-run stand for the fifth wicket with Conway against the Aussies.

But he won't be on a plane to the IPL, after being passed over in at last week's auction.

"As far as injury replacements and that sort of thing, I'm sure he'll be near the top of the list, as far as specialist batsmen go," says Neesham.

Conway will now be top of many lists, but not yet atop the selectors' list in the longer format.

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