NZ vs Eng: Joe Root rediscovers form with a double century in Hamilton Test
England’s Joe Root who has been on the receiving end of trolls and abuses for his series of poor scores of late has now announced his arrival in a sensational fashion. He scripted history by scoring a double century in Hamilton Test against New Zealand, in what comes as a good boost for the England cricket team.
His double-century not only helped him rediscover his form but also help England revive from disaster and take a 101-run lead in the Test decider of the ongoing 2-match series in New Zealand.
Root’s score of 226 makes him the first visiting captain to score a double ton in New Zealand and also became only the 4th England captain to score a 200-plus score in overseas Tests after the likes of Len Hutton, Ted Dexter and Alastair Cook.
Joe Root was the pick of the batsmen for England
Joe Root stepped out to bat when England were in huge trouble. They lost two quick wickets and have scored only 24 runs in reply to New Zealand’s first innings total of 375. Root had to bring the best out of himself in a pressure situation after England lost the 1st Test in Mount Maunganui by an innings and 65 runs.
He stitched a good partnership with opener Rory Burns as they added 177 runs for the 3rd wicket. After Burns got out on a well-made 101, Root carried on and completed his double century on Monday. Root also went on to join hands with wicketkeeper-batsman Olie Pope and helped England post 476.
In reply, England did manage to put pressure on New Zealand by removing openers Jeet Raval (0) and Tom Latham (18) early on in the innings. However, captain Kane Williamson and batsman Ross Taylor ensured that there were no more obstacles as New Zealand ended the day at 96/2, trailing England by just 5 runs. Kane and Taylor remained not out on 37 and 31 respectively.