New Zealand batsman Devon Conway is sprinkling kitty litter on practice wickets to simulate spin bowling on the rough, hoping this will help him counter the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin during the World Test Championship final against India next month in June.
Conway might debut in Test Cricket
The 29-year-old has been named in the 20-member visiting NZ squad for the two-match Test series against England beginning on June 2. The squad will then be trimmed to 15 for the World Test Championship Final in Southampton starting on June 18. Conway might find a spot for the final match against England.
The left-hander impressed everyone in his first international season. Conway has amassed 473 runs in Interantional T20s at an average of 60 and Strike Rate above 150.
Preparations against Ashwin, Jadeja
The 29-year old says he has been sprinkling kitty litter on practice wickets to simulate spin bowling pitching in the rough created by bowlers’ footmarks.
“Basically the idea is to get the ball to sort of spit out of the rough,” Conway told New Zealand broadcaster Spark Sport.
“It’s a bit harder to play, but good practice. It’s about finding a gameplan to combat that and just practice how you’re going to play in the game,” he added.
“When it does roughen up and the ball does spit and turn a lot, it’s all about being positive.”Conway said he didn’t want to rely on just defending. “If you’re going to look to just defend throughout, at some point there might be a ball that’s going to have your number.”
Unbeaten Triple Century by Conway
Devon Conway has already registered a triple century in Domestic Cricket where he remained unbeaten on 327 off 352 deliveries smashing 48 fours and five maximums in a Plunkett Shield match. He made 66 runs in second innings amassing total 393 runs in the match