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Devon Conway becomes sixth batsman to hit double hundred in debut Test innings

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New Zealand opener Devon Conway on Thursday became the sixth batsman to hit a double-hundred in his debut innings in Test cricket.

Conway reached the feat against England on day 2 at Lord’s after New Zealand lost nine wickets. With Neil Wagner providing able support, Conway finally reached the landmark with a massive six over fine leg.  The stylish opener, however, ran himself out soon after on 200.

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The 29-year-old is the second Kiwi batsman to scale 200 in his maiden Test innings after Mathew Sinclair who achieved the feat in 1999 against West Indies.

Earlier on Wednesday, the South African-born Conway had joined Harry Graham (for Australia in 1893) and Sourav Ganguly (for India in 1996) in being the only non-English batsmen to score a century on Test debut at Lord’s. Conway also broke a 125-year-old record for the highest Test score on debut in England held by K.S. Ranjitsinhji, who scored 154 in Manchester in 1896.

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Conway is now the seventh batsman overall to hit a double hundred on Test debut – West Indies’ Kyle Mayers was the previous entrant with 210* against Bangladesh in his second innings on debut in February this year.

The southpaw has got his international career off to a top start with 225 runs (one hundred, one fifty) in just 3 ODIs and 473 T20I runs (4 fifties) in 14 matches to his name.

Test double hundred in debut innings

  • Reg Foster (England) – 287 v Australia, 1903 – Sydney
  • Lawrence Rowe (West Indies) – 214 v West Indies, 1972 – Kingston
  • Brendon Kuruppu (Sri Lanka) – 201* v New Zealand, 1987 – Colombo
  • Mathew Sinclair (New Zealand) – 214 v West Indies, 1999 – Wellington
  • Jacques Rudolph (South Africa) – 222* v Bangladesh, 2003 – Chattogram
  • Devon Conway (New Zealand) – 200 v England, 2021* – Lord’s

Highest scores on Test debut in England:

  • Devon Conway (New Zealand) – 200 vs England, 2021
  • KS Ranjitsinhji (England) – 154* vs Australia, 1896
  • WG Grace (England) – 152 vs Australia, 1880

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Reports | Tottenham set to announce Paulo Fonseca as their new manager

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According to the Guardian, Tottenham are set to appoint Paulo Fonseca as their new manager this week on an expected three-year deal following the signing of Fabio Paratici. The former Roma manager has been linked with a move after talks with Antonio Conte fell apart due a difference in ideologies.

Following the sacking and subsequent departure of Jose Mourinho to Roma, Tottenham have struggled to find their next manager. Reports had indicated that they had originally picked Erik ten Hag but the Ajax boss signed a contract extension with the Dutch sides. Not only that, the club lost out on Julian Nagelsmann with the German signing for Bayern Munich. But while there was a shock move for Antonio Conte on the cards, that fell apart due to a difference of ideologies.

However, the club’s managerial search is set to come to an end with the Guardian reporting that Spurs have picked Paulo Fonseca as their new manager. The former AS Roma boss is set to reportedly sign a three year deal with the move made by, Tottenham’s new managing director of football, Fabio Paratici after the move for Conte fell apart. Paratici was recently confirmed to have signed for the North London side earlier this week with Fonseca reportedly keen on the job.

The former AS Roma boss originally rose through management in Portuguese football, having spent the entirety of his playing career in Portugal. With notable management experience including Porto, Braga and Shakhtar Donetsk, where he won the league three times. Fonseca is set to sign a three year deal with Tottenham but it will be, reportedly, structured as a two year contract with an option to extend it by a year.

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Alabama season opener vs Miami game marks the end of an era for Crimson Tide

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The Alabama football program is leaving the neutral-site affairs behind in favor of more home-and-home series after the 2021 college season.

Once the Alabama football team presumably defeats the Miami Hurricanes on Labor Day in Atlanta, the Crimson Tide will finally begin playing Power Five teams in much-anticipated home-and-home series.

For years, this had served Nick Saban and his program. Alabama would only play Power 5 teams out-of-conference at a neutral site. While this gave the Crimson Tide a major scheduling advantage, everything will change after the Chick-fil-A Kickoff vs. Miami down in Atlanta this year. This truly marks the end of an era in what will surely be Saban’s final years down in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama football: Crimson Tide will play its last neutral-site game vs. Miami

Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne should be applauded for all the exciting games he has on tap for the football program down the line. The Crimson Tide will play teams like Texas, Wisconsin, Florida State, West Virginia, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Boston College and Virginia Tech between 2022 and 2035. Of course, Saban will most likely be retired well before 2035.

While Alabama fans may love the opportunity to go to places like Austin and Columbus, the reason Byrne is doing this with presumably Saban’s blessing is very simple: Alabama will not be punished by losing a game on the road out-of-conference once the College Football Playoff expands from four to 12 teams. Saban will coach in some of these games, but will not coach in all of them.

Alabama can afford to drop a road game in South Bend, Stillwater or Blacksburg as long as the Crimson Tide are one of the 12 best teams in the country at the end of the year. Other programs may have beaten Alabama to the punch when it comes to impressing the Selection Committee with their non-conference resume, but the Crimson Tide will be making up for it when it counts.

Look for Alabama to win its last neutral-site game vs. Miami before doing away with them in favor of the home-and-home series.

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