Devon Conway thinks the current T20I series between New Zealand and West Indies gives the squad a chance to experiment with new roles and lineups before the T20 World Cup. The Cup will begin in Australia in October.
New Zealand is back at full strength for this series. This is after spending a month playing with an expanded squad in Europe.
“I wouldn’t say we have set roles as of yet,” Conway said after scoring 43 off 29 balls in New Zealand’s 13-run win in the first T20I in Kingston. “This is a great opportunity to try different combinations. It’s nice that everyone is back though.
Conway’s first T20I match since the World Cup was on Wednesday. Between then and now, he did have a strong first IPL season. He scored three half-centuries in seven innings for Chennai Super Kings while maintaining a 145.66 strike rate.
Conway started the series with 43 off 29 balls upon his return to the format. He laid the groundwork for New Zealand’s 185 over the West Indies. Jimmy Neesham supplied the final lift with an unbroken 33 from 15 deliveries. While Kane Williamson scored 47 after recovering from a persistent elbow problem that has plagued him since 2019.
“It was really good to be back out there again,” Conway said.
“I’ve had three weeks’ break from the group, so it was really refreshing to see everyone again. It was just good to be out in the middle. Obviously, everyone’s excited to go out there and play. Yeah, it was a really good day at the office.
New Zealand beat West Indies in the 1st T20I
Conway was very happy with how New Zealand finished the match. As the bottom order of the West Indies tried a comeback toward the conclusion of the game. Rovman Powell, Romario Shepherd, and Odean Smith produced some late fireworks to finish only 13 short after needing 78 off the final five overs.
“Lot of credit to their batters for the way they batted, there was some remarkable hitting from a couple of the guys towards the end. It was quite cool to experience close-up the depth and power they have,” Conway said.
The Player-of-the-Match award went to left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner. He finished with 3 for 19, including the important dismissals of Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer.
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