Cricket: Devon Conway sets sights on test cricket ahead of one-day international debut

He may likely be heading into his one-day international debut against Bangladesh in Dunedin on Saturday, but Blackcaps batsman Devon Conway still has one eye on playing test cricket for his adopted country.

With both Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor ruled out of the three-match series, 29-year-old Conway is almost certain to ascend to the New Zealand ODI first XI, having already affirmed his position as a regular in the Blackcaps' Twenty 20 setup.

Despite only qualifying as eligible to represent New Zealand late last year, Conway has quickly become an all-format prospect for the Blackcaps.

While an ODI debut is a near certainty for Conway, cracking the world-leading test squad is a much different proposition, with the Blackcaps' red-ball team firming as one of the most settled in New Zealand's history.

The classy left-hander's form for Wellington across all formats is irresistible. His record in first-class cricket though stands tallest, averaging over 47, with 18 hundreds and a best score of 327 not out.  

Conway though, is happy to bide his time and wait for that chance to come.

"That would be like a dream come true," Conway says.

"For me, as a young guy growing up, it's always been a goal to play test cricket.

"I've just got to continue being patient. It'll be important for me to score some runs tomorrow, and just keep that momentum going through the ODI campaign, and keep that form that I've had in the T20s in the past."

But while Conway himself concedes he doesn't know when he'll get the chance to don the whites for New Zealand, Blackcaps batting coach Luke Ronchi assures that it's a "when," and not an "if."

"If a position was to come up, he'd more than likely jump at it, and be good enough wherever it might be," Ronchi says.

"That's the nature of New Zealand cricket at the moment, and the Blackcaps. The guys have been playing some fantastic cricket and batting well in all their positions.

"Sometimes it's the unluckiness, I guess, of being a batter. Trying to find a position is hard.

"But, if given a chance, if a position did open up through or things like that, then he will grab it - and he will be good enough. Definitely."

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