New Zealand vs England: Joe Root, Rory Burns score tons, take visitors to striking distance of Kiwis' total

Joe Root, who had not scored a Test century since early February and was averaging just 27.10 this year prior to his current innings, was on 114 at stumps with Ollie Pope and England trailing by 106 runs to New Zealand’s 375.

Reuters, Dec 01, 2019 10:46:43 IST

Wellington: Joe Root ended a poor run of form when he scored his 17th Test century and led England to 269-5 before rain ended play early on the third day of the second Test against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday.

Root, who had not scored a Test century since early February and was averaging just 27.10 this year prior to his current innings, was on 114 at stumps with Ollie Pope on four and England within striking distance of New Zealand’s 375.

New Zealand vs England: Joe Root, Rory Burns score tons, take visitors to striking distance of Kiwis total

England's Joe Root slammed a ton on day three of the second Test at Seddon Park in Hamilton. AP

Root had earlier combined with Rory Burns (101) in a 177-run third wicket partnership that resurrected England’s first innings.

Rain had forced the players off the field at about 5.30 p.m. (0430 GMT) and umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Paul Wilson decided to abandon play 15 minutes later.

Root (84) and Ben Stokes (10) had resumed the final session on 218-3 and were aggressive against the second new ball, which had been taken just before tea.

Stokes, however, was caught by first slip Ross Taylor off Tim Southee for 26 just before Root brought up his century.

The England captain reached the milestone with successive boundaries off Neil Wagner in the next over.

He moved from 95 to 99 with a leg glance and then to 103 with an under edge that bounced over the stumps and past wicketkeeper BJ Watling’s head for his 13th four.

Debutant Zak Crawley lasted just six balls, during which he survived a close run out as he scored his first Test run. He was caught behind by Watling off Wagner for one.

Burns was the only wicket to fall in the first two sessions when he was run out two balls after he reached his century.

He flicked a delivery from Wagner to the leg side and jogged a single but was then called through for a second run by Root and despite almost making his ground he was unable to beat Jeet Raval’s flat throw from mid-wicket.

New Zealand won the first Test at Bay Oval in Mt. Maunganui by an innings and 65 runs.

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Updated Date: Dec 01, 2019 10:46:43 IST






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