Published: Wed, December 04, 2019
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Roots epic 226 gives England 101-run lead over New Zealand

Roots epic 226 gives England 101-run lead over New Zealand

On a placid wicket, Root and Pope held alter over a disciplined New Zealand assault, slowly collecting runs to make certain that a fundamental-innings lead after which selecting up the budge to produce the advantage as their as soon as faint hope of forcing a victory began to perceive extra true.

With England needing to win to square the series after being thoroughly outplayed in the first Test, Root and Ollie Pope batted patiently to get England ahead before they lifted the scoring rate and wickets fell.

England captain Joe Root revealed his recent lean patch had left him irritated rather than anxious after returning to form with a titanic 226 in the second Test against New Zealand.

He then took a catch at slip to remove first-innings century-maker Tom Latham before New Zealand ended day 4 at 96-2, still five runs behind and with the match and the series still somewhat in the balance.

On the other hand, Pope looked equally sure, although he developed the unfortunate talent to find the field players with a succession of stylish rides. They were reduced to 24/2 in response to New Zealand's first innings score of 375.

Joe Root who has been jostling with the poor form of late has rediscovered his rhythm by scoring a huge double century against New Zealand at Seddon Park.

He played well off his legs, used soft hands to dab the ball down to third man, took quick singles and, when England chose to push towards a declaration, he hit out, striking pace bowler Matt Henry back down the ground for six.

Pope was ready to run at the end of the non-striker and he had to be when Root dropped the ball in offside and left, he was always safe, but the same could not be said of Pope.

Root finally got out about 30 minutes before tea. Pope participated by beating Wagner for four, but just when they started to ride a motorcycle, the collaboration was broken.

It was spinner Mitchell Santner, however, who accounted for Root.

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"I felt quite good all the time".

Another wicket was not forthcoming though as Williamson and Taylor steadied New Zealand and gradually chipped away at the deficit.

England will return in the morning searching for quick wickets but with the pitch still offering little for the bowlers and rain forecast, it will take a monumental effort to force a win and avoid a series defeat.

It is the fourth time an England captain has made a double century overseas, after Alastair Cook, Ted Dexter and Len Hutton.

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