Cricket: Blackcaps' Devon Conway joins English side Somerset as overseas player

Blackcaps batsman Devon Conway is the latest New Zealander to secure a deal playing in English country cricket, signing on with Somerset.

Conway, 29, will link with the Taunton-based side, after New Zealand's World Test Championship final against India at Southampton, played from June 18-22.

The elegant left-hander will initially join Somerset for nine matches in England's domestic T20 blast, as well as being on hand for the final two matches of the county championship.

Conway replaces Pakistan captain Babar Azam, unavailable due to the rescheduled Pakistan Super League and Pakistan's limited-overs tour of England.

"Somerset has a very good reputation and I'm excited to be joining the team for a key part of the season," Conway says. 

"England is one of the places where everyone wants to test their skills during the summer and hopefully I can positively contribute to success in the Vitality Blast and the county championship."

Conway is currently the world's fourth-ranked T20 batsman, after scoring 473 runs at an average of just under 60 in 14 matches, with a high score of 99 not out against Australia.

He joins an already healthy core of New Zealand players in country cricket circles, with Jimmy Neesham (Essex), Finn Allen (Lancashire), Lockie Ferguson (Yorkshire), Colin de Grandhomme (Hampshire) and Glenn Phillips (Gloucestershire) already signed on to play in the T20 blast.

Blackcaps teammate Will Young is also on a short-term stint with Durham and has played three rounds of the county championship.

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