Unfortunately, Devon Conway, the talented opening batsman for New Zealand’s cricket team, sustained a thumb injury and will be unable to participate in the upcoming first Test against Australia. This setback occurred during a recent Twenty20 match against Australia in Auckland, where New Zealand was defeated, losing the series 3-0.

Following medical scans revealing damage to his left thumb, it has been confirmed that Conway will sit out the first Test. In his absence, the experienced batsman Henry Nicholls has been drafted into the squad to provide cover.

Expressing his disappointment, New Zealand’s head coach Gary Stead remarked on Conway’s absence, acknowledging his significant role as a top-order batsman. However, Stead welcomed Nicholls’ return to the squad, highlighting his wealth of experience and versatility in batting positions. 

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As the team awaits updates on Conway’s recovery, there is uncertainty regarding his availability for the second and final Test, scheduled to commence on March 8th in Christchurch.