“New Zealand players are overlooked for second rate Australians” – Simon Doull responds to Ravi Ashwin’s tweet on Devon Conway

Devon Conway came up with a 99-run knock against Australia in the first T20I in Christchurch.

Devon Conway

New Zealand cricketer Devon Conway came up with a knock for the ages to lead his side to a win over Australia in the first T20I at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. The South-African born batsman had a terrific start to his T20I career as he has notched up 273 runs in the seven matches (five innings) that he has played. He currently averages a whopping 91 as well and has a strike-rate in excess of 150 as well.

His talent came to the fore again against Australia as he rescued his side from a precarious position of 19-3 to get to a score of 184. Australia were then shot out for 131 thanks to spinner Ish Sodhi’s four-wicket haul. Conway was rightly adjudged the Man of the Match and the batter seems set to only go from strength to strength now. He has now received appreciation from all quarters for his knock including from Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

Ashwin, Simon Doull and Kevin Pietersen engage in conversation

Ravichandran Ashwin took to Twitter to express his admiration of Conway’s knock as he wrote, “Devon Conway is just 4 days late, but what a knock.” Former New Zealand cricketer and commentator Simon Doull replied to the tweet to express sadness over New Zealand players not getting picked in the IPL and wrote, “Not sure it matters Ashwin. NZ players have continually been overlooked for second rate Australians in the IPL for years. Seems outside of IPL big bash is the only comp looked at.”

Former English cricketer Kevin Pietersen who is South-African born cheekily replied to the comment saying, “Is Devon South African?” and Doull replied that he wasn’t anymore.

Doull then clarified his tweet saying, “Just some context. I did not mention any names so stop trolling. Since IPL started 94 Aussies at combined 886 Crore. 31 NZ players 212 Crore. Both countries have 6 first class teams and both have domestic T20 comps. It’s more about timing and viewing of BBL.”

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