Cricket: Blackcaps star Devon Conway named one of Wisden's five best cricketers

Devon Conway celebrates his double century at Lord's.
Devon Conway celebrates his double century at Lord's. Photo credit: Photosport

Blackcaps batter Devon Conway has been named one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year.

Each year, the iconic cricketing publication names a prestigious list of the world's five best players for its almanack, with the 2022 edition due for release on Thursday (NZ time).

Selection is based on performance during the previous English summer, while no player can be chosen more than once.

Conway has been included, alongside Ollie Robinson of England, India's Jasprit Bumrah and Rohit Sharma, and South African women's star Dane van Niekerk.

South African-born Conway burst on to the international scene with a double-century in his test debut at Lord's, backing that up with 80 in the second test at Birmingham to earn Player of the Series honours.

He went on to score 54 during the first innings of the Blackcaps' World Test Championship triumph over India at Southampton.

"Devon Conway became only the seventh batter in test history to score a double-century on debut, only the second New Zealander and the first by anyone at Lord's," wrote Wisden editor Lawrence Booth, who selected the five players.

"He followed his history-making performance with 80 at Edgbaston, where New Zealand secured their first series win in England since 1999, before flourishing during a brief stint with Somerset."

The last New Zealanders to be named in the Wisden five were Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson in 2016.

Conway, 30, boasts an average of more than 50 runs in all three formats of the game at international level.