– Root hit 226 as he shook off poor form
– Root 1st touring Test captain to hit double hundred in New Zealand
– England took a 101-run lead in their must-win Test in Hamilton
Hamilton: Joe Root has shaken off poor form and he has done it in style. Root scored a massive double hundred to help England recover and take a 101-run lead in the must-win 2nd Test of the ongoing 2-match series in New Zealand. Joe Root’s score of 226 makes him the 1st visiting captain to score a double hundred in New Zealand. He is also only the 4th England captain to score a 200-plus score in overseas Tests. Joe Root joins an elite list of England captains. Len Hutton became the 1st England captain to score a double hundred in away Tests when he hit 205 in 1954 in Kingston. Ted Dexter followed suite by scoring 2015 in 1962 in Karachi. In 2015, former England captain Alastair Cook had scored 263 against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. Joe Root walked into the middle when England were in a spot of bother in their first innings. They were reduced to 24 for 2 in reply to New Zealand’s first innings total of 375. Root also stitched a crucial stand with wicketkeeper-batsman Olie Pope and helped England post 476.
Pitch perfect: Root though stepped up and delivered when it mattered the most for England as they were facing a must-win situation after losing the 1st Test in Mount Maunganui by an innings & 65 runs. Root joined hands with opener Rory Burns as the duo added 177 runs for the 3rd wicket.