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South Africa-born Devon Conway has been cleared by the ICC to represent New Zealand from August 28

South Africa-born Devon Conway has been cleared by the ICC to represent New Zealand from August 28

South Africa-born Devon Conway has been cleared by the ICC to represent New Zealand from August 28, paving the way for the highly-rated batsman's potential international debut during the Bangladesh series, should the tour go ahead.

The 28-year-old fronted a press conference on Tuesday (March 31) via web conferencing after the apex cricket body made public its decision.

"There are mixed feelings at the moment. Obviously really happy to hear the news about my eligibility but then again with regards to what's happening throughout the world it just puts it in perspective," Conway said.

The prolific left-handed batsman moved from Johannesburg to New Zealand nearly three years ago, tracing the footsteps of Grant Elliott, Neil Wagner and Kruger van Wyk, all of whom played Test cricket for the Black Caps after playing first class cricket in South Africa. The former Dolphins man voiced his intention to represent his new country of domicile on the international circuit, which required him to spend at least 10 months a year in the new country as per ICC guidelines.

Conway made an instant impact playing for the Wellington Firebirds and was named Domestic Player of The Year in 2018-19. He continued his fine run of form this season, smashing 1797 runs across competitions, including a career-high 327* against Canterbury at the Basin Reserve. With Conway in their ranks, Wellington completed a Super Smash and Plunkett Shield double.

"Really chuffed with the way things went this last season. Personally very happy, and collectively as a team ecstatic because winning two out of the three trophies was a goal we wanted to achieve as a unit," Conway said.

"It's really awesome to have that solid date of August 28 as a reminder that you're pretty close. In saying that, it doesn't guarantee selection. I am pretty happy but I've just got to keep working hard and hopefully get an opportunity to break into that Black Caps team which has world class players, and it won't be easy."

Conway, who plundered 543 runs at an average of 68 and a strike-rate of 145 in the Super Smash, could also be in line to make New Zealand's T20 WC squad should the tournament in Australia go ahead as scheduled. If picked, Conway could be a useful option at the top of the order, alongside Martin Guptill and Colin Munro. He can also double up as a part-time wicketkeeper. In first-class cricket, he bats at No. 3 but could play slightly lower in the order for the Black Caps.

"To be honest it's pretty tricky to say because you've got world class batters from one to six in that Black Caps team," Conway said. "I can't really pinpoint where I'd like to bat. Wherever the opportunity arises I would love to take it with both hands. I've batted in different positions throughout my career."

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