New Zealand opener Devon Conway has been named the ICC Player of the Month for June at the conclusion of the voting process, which combines votes cast by former players, prominent journalists and global cricket fans.
Left-hander Conway became the first New Zealand player to win the ICC Men’s Player of the Month award after an astounding first month in Test cricket, cracking a solid double century on debut against England at Lord’s and following it up with two half-centuries in his next two games, including in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final in Southampton.
Conway won the award ahead of team-mate Kyle Jamieson, who was the Player of the Match in the WTC Final against India, with South Africa’s Quinton de Kock the other nominee for his fine performances on their tour of the West Indies.
“I’m truly honoured to win this award. That I have received it for my performances in Test cricket makes it extra special," “Scoring a double century at Lord’s was a dream come true for me and to have also been able to contribute to our win over India in the ICC World Test Championship Final is something that I know I will proudly look back on in years to come. “I would like to thank the ICC and New Zealand Cricket for their support and encouragement and look forward to the international cricket to come in the second half of this year,” remarked a delighted Conway.
Voting Academy panelist Ramiz Raja summed it up best when it came to describing Conway's performance, “His batting on debut at Lord’s ranks as one of the best shows of the year. He plays the ball late, has the patience of a saint, and moves with the smoothness of a warrior. Flavour of the month by a long way!”