Cricket: Blackcaps' Devon Conway compared to game's greats, as test selection looms

Breakthrough Blackcaps star Devon Conway's man-of-the-match performance Bangladesh in their Twenty20 series opener against Bangladesh has reaffirmed his status as one of the world's form batsman.

And after excelling in the short forms of the game at international level, his play has re-ignited debate over whether selectors can continue to ignore his obvious talent, when it comes to selecting our best test XI.

Since joining the squad this summer, Conway has surpassed expectations, seamlessly slotting into the side and rewarding selectors with plenty of runs. 

"We've always known that Devon has a special talent and for him to do what he's doing at the moment is pretty amazing really,"  says Blackcaps coach Gary Stead.

In fact, few have made the transition to the international level as impressively as Conway.  

"Probably Kane Williamson would be the closest and the parallels are so similar in terms of the God-given gift that you may have," says former Blackcaps player and coach John Bracewell.

"I think he's just very clear in the way he wants to play. He bats, and has a nice still head when he bats and has options he can pull out."

Conway's numbers speak for themselves. He currently tops the world T20 batting averages, with 65.42 runs through his 10 innings to date.

He also leads the way in one-day internationals, averaging 75 in his three matches so far.

While it's still early days, those statistics have put him right on Stead's radar for the upcoming trip to England, which includes two tests and the World Test Championship final against India.   

"Absolutely," says Stead, when asked if Conway is on his radar for test selection.

"As you've seen in all forms so far, he keeps churning out the runs, so I guess the longer the game goes, the more you can see him do that as well."

Bracewell sees shades of some of the world's best in Conway.

"[India's Virat] Kohli has it, [England's Joe] Root has it, Williamson has it, [Australia's Steve] Smith has it and Conway has that gift," Bracewell says.

With praise like that, it seems only a matter of time before Conway takes his next big step. 

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