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    2nd Test between New Zealand [375 & 241/2] and England [476] ends in a draw, NZ win series 1-0

    New Zealand Playing XI

    Tom Latham
    Jeet Raval
    Kane Williamson*
    Ross Taylor
    Henry Nicholls
    BJ Watling (Wkt)
    Daryl Mitchell
    Mitchell Santner
    Tim Southee
    Matt Henry
    Neil Wagner

    England Playing XI

    Rory Burns
    Dom Sibley
    Joe Denly
    Joe Root*
    Ben Stokes
    Zak Crawley
    Ollie Pope (Wkt)
    Sam Curran
    Chris Woakes
    Jofra Archer
    Stuart Broad

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    England won the toss and chose to field

    New Zealand batting are on 86/2

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    England have found 0.46° of swing in the morning session - that is the lowest average swing they have found in the opening 28 overs of any innings since the first innings of the third Test in Sri Lanka last year when they found 0.42°. #NZvENG

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    Taylor was out, that was a bad decision by the third umpire.


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    Shoddy third umpiring saves Taylor. No mark on hotspot and ultraedge clearly showed a sound but after the ball had passed the bat.

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    Good start for NZ despite losing toss on a bowl first wicket. Need to score 450 now .

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    Taylor throws it away, in the end the DRS mistake wasn't too costly.


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    Tom latham very underrated batsmen, also plays spin well.

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    No mucking around against the part timer to get to 100, really fluent innings.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jiduguravindra View Post
    Tom latham very underrated batsmen, also plays spin well.
    Everyone who has seen him bat rates him quite highly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JattMaula View Post
    Everyone who has seen him bat rates him quite highly.
    But he didn't get the name that he deserved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiduguravindra View Post
    But he didn't get the name that he deserved.
    NZ players don't get media attention they deserve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiduguravindra View Post
    Tom latham very underrated batsmen, also plays spin well.
    He is one of the best openers right now alongside with Dean Elgar.

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    Second Test, Seddon Park, Hamilton (day one of five):
    New Zealand 173-3: Latham 101*, Taylor 53
    England: Yet to bat


    Tom Latham scored a fine century as New Zealand frustrated England's bowlers on the opening day of the second Test in Hamilton.

    The opener hit an unbeaten 101 to help the Black Caps recover from 39-2 to reach 173-3 before rain ended play early at Seddon Park.

    Latham shared a third-wicket stand of 114 with Ross Taylor, who made 53, after England won the toss.

    New Zealand lead 1-0 in the two-Test series.

    Play will start half an hour early at 21:30 GMT on Friday to make up for the lost time, with 35.3 overs lost to rain.

    There was little assistance for the bowlers, despite the green pitch, and England will have to remain disciplined if they are to break through the Black Caps line-up.

    Stokes injury worry for England
    Joe Root has often turned to vice-captain Ben Stokes when in need of a breakthrough, but the all-rounder struggled through only two overs with the ball.

    Stokes grimaced and felt his left knee during his short spell in the afternoon, and limped back to his fielding position just before tea. He did not bowl again.

    England may have compensated for Stokes' injury with their team selection; they opted for with five seamers and no frontline spinner, which allowed for cover for Stokes.

    It did, however, leave the team feeling unbalanced. Pope, playing in his fourth Test, will have batted in three different positions if he comes in at seven in England's innings, while debutant Zak Crawley, a top-order batsman, will bat at six.

    A back injury to Jos Buttler meant that Pope had to keep wicket for only the sixth time in his first-class career, while Woakes replaced left-arm spinner Jack Leach.

    England were not too expensive with the ball, nor could they be accused of not trying. But it seemed as though they were missing some energy and an ability to work their way back into the game as New Zealand, who made 615-9 in the first Test, ground them down again.

    Woakes, who has struggled away from home, was the pick of the bowlers with 2-41, while Jofra Archer bowled an entertaining spell to Latham and Taylor in the afternoon.

    But, having opted to bowl first on a green pitch, England would have been hoping for more success.

    'King of the leg side' tons up
    New Zealand did not make a convincing start. Jeet Raval's poor form continued as he flayed a Stuart Broad delivery to first slip, while captain Kane Williamson fell to a fine delivery from Woakes that just moved off the seam and was well held by Root.

    It was down to Latham to steady the innings. He is quietly becoming a prolific Test opener; he averages 83 in the format in 2019 and has scored three centuries this year.

    He had his luck. He overturned an lbw decision off Woakes on 49 and was dropped by Stokes, diving to his left at second slip, on 66.

    England fed Latham's leg-side play throughout the day. He scored 72 of his 101 runs in that area, leading former New Zealand batsman Jeremy Coney to nickname him "the king of the leg side".

    Latham reached his 11th Test century just before tea, stepping down the pitch to Root's part-time spin and crunching four through mid-on.

    His partnership with Taylor frustrated England, with the two scoring at a decent pace. Taylor was given out on 25 but reviewed the lbw decision, and survived after the technology appeared to show an inside edge.

    It was ultimately a poor shot from Taylor, edging Woakes to first slip, that ended the stand, rather than a breakthrough by the bowlers.

    England all-rounder Chris Woakes on BBC Test Match Special: "With a session still to have gone, I don't think we're in the worst position.

    "Of course we'd have liked a couple more wickets but again if you stick two on that early, we're well in the game. We just felt there was something there we could work with."

    New Zealand batsman Tom Latham: "We have a lot of hard work to do tomorrow. We will have to assess conditions early on and hopefully we can keep building partnerships like we did today.

    "When you lose toss and get put in, to be in position we are is nice."

    England & Middlesex bowler Steven Finn: "I agree with England's decision to pick five seamers - it's almost four and a half really because we heard grumblings in the last Test that Ben Stokes is struggling with a knee injury."

    Former New Zealand captain Jeremy Coney: "Latham is certainly one of those players who is accustomed to getting to big hundreds. There was a good measure of control about his innings.

    "He hasn't looked hurried. As soon as England lose their line a little bit, he's been able to get it through."

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    Batted Latham. Good solid opener.

    Stokes is playing as a batsman only these days. I think his all-rounder days are gone. He will have to up his run production to compensate. But I guess a replacement is coming through in Curran.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Batted Latham. Good solid opener.

    Stokes is playing as a batsman only these days. I think his all-rounder days are gone. He will have to up his run production to compensate. But I guess a replacement is coming through in Curran.
    Injury scare. That's he didn't bowl too many today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Batted Latham. Good solid opener.

    Stokes is playing as a batsman only these days. I think his all-rounder days are gone. He will have to up his run production to compensate. But I guess a replacement is coming through in Curran.
    What he did in Ashes alone, I have never seen anyone chasing like that in Test history. Stokes is still England's best batsman, Root is overrated.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful_Rox View Post
    What he did in Ashes alone, I have never seen anyone chasing like that in Test history. Stokes is still England's best batsman, Root is overrated.
    K perera also done it not long ago aganist SA in SA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful_Rox View Post
    What he did in Ashes alone, I have never seen anyone chasing like that in Test history. Stokes is still England's best batsman, Root is overrated.
    One innings. Didn’t Perrera do it, arguably rather better?

    Stokes averages 36, Root 48. I suppose arithmetic is overrated.

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    Kane is lucky, gets to boost his stats by playing Vs SL, WI and scoring a lot of runs against them but he is still quite unproven in tests as far as his batting is concerned.

    Not much seperates him from Root and many posters might argue that Crowe still remains the best bat NZ have ever produced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    Kane is lucky, gets to boost his stats by playing Vs SL, WI and scoring a lot of runs against them but he is still quite unproven in tests as far as his batting is concerned.

    Not much seperates him from Root and many posters might argue that Crowe still remains the best bat NZ have ever produced.
    Kane is mediocre vs most big teams.
    overrated player away from home.

    Latham is the real deal. What a stud. best all conditions opener along with karunaratne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    One innings. Didn’t Perrera do it, arguably rather better?

    Stokes averages 36, Root 48. I suppose arithmetic is overrated.
    stokes is an all rounder. Stats are not everything. Stokes always takes crucial wickets and he often scores meaningful runs vs quality opposition when he need to. Only great players can do that and he is certainly one of the greatest. Infact he is called GOAT stokes for a reason.

    No one is denying root quality. He has struggled this year though. Stokes' average for 2018-19 is probably higher i reckon. Current form matters.

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    Latham is one of the best openers in the world in tests.

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    I read this was Latham's 5th 100 in 11 innings or something ridiculous like that.


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    Remember it's a half hour earlier start today for those watching.

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    Mitchel on debut here , he needs to get a solid partnership here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aman View Post
    I read this was Latham's 5th 100 in 11 innings or something ridiculous like that.
    I think they said 10 test matches

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    200 up for Kiwis

    Match in balance here .

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    Both batsmen grinding out here.

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    This is critical partnership , kiwis would want to get to 350 from here , where as Poms will be happy to restrict them within 300

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    out of blue .... big hit straight over the head.

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    32 runs partnership so far .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justcrazy View Post
    32 runs partnership so far .
    How many overs will they bowl today?

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    These two taking there time and building a partnership , this is important partnership and they have realized this .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Relic View Post
    How many overs will they bowl today?
    They will try to bat as long as possible.

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    NZ trying their best to ensure a draw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    NZ trying their best to ensure a draw.
    Yeah and we were playing for the draw last game..

    This is smart cricket to grind the English bowlers into the ground and then making merry and demoralize them. England have to make all the plays when they bat which would bring opportunities.
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    64 runs partnership so far , good going by kiwis here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    NZ trying their best to ensure a draw.
    Nothing wrong in that , kiwis have got themselves into such position where they can take there time and force Poms to go after a result.


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    Root has to go, the English team is so flat in the field. Zero energy and hope, it feels like they're going through the motions and waiting for our batsmen to make mistakes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Aman View Post
    Yeah and we were playing for the draw last game..

    This is smart cricket to grind the English bowlers into the ground and then making merry and demoralize them. England have to make all the plays when they bat which would bring opportunities.
    NZ completely over England in this series. Quite disappointing this series isn't included in test champion. It would have been a boost for you guys as you would beat a top team.

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    Both batsmen looking stable now , Kiwis should get to 400 here at least , maybe beyond.

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    Watling showing his class again. A quality test player and arguably the best since Gilly as an overall package. Good enough behind stumps and an excellent batsmen, scores when matters and makes difference.

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    NZ should win this Test too. England are being quite bad in Test.

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    for Mitchelle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    Watling showing his class again. A quality test player and arguably the best since Gilly as an overall package. Good enough behind stumps and an excellent batsmen, scores when matters and makes difference.
    His keeping to spinners is also very good , overall excellent player to have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    One innings. Didn’t Perrera do it, arguably rather better?

    Stokes averages 36, Root 48. I suppose arithmetic is overrated.
    Root is Ellen and highly overrated. Stokes won England the world cup which Root can never do in the next 8 years. Also look how Root is getting out, its embarrassing. Arithmetic is temporary, Stokes is permanent

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    :100 runs partnership

    what a batting on display , kiwis on strong position.

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    Poms need to do something here , this is dangerous partnership. A big score here will give kiwis more opportunity to attack.

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    Watling is possibly the best Test keeper-batsman in the world right now. Nobody comes close.

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    Sixth wicket.

    Watling gone

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    Need the tail to wag a bit here to get near 450. English bowlers are the worst at getting the tail out .

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    England can make a game of this if Root scores with the bat.

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    Burns dropped

    Will kiwis pay for this lapse ?

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    Second Test, Seddon Park, Hamilton (day two of five):
    New Zealand 375: Latham 105, Mitchell 73; Broad 4-73
    England 39-2
    England trail by 336 runs

    England lost two wickets late on day two to leave New Zealand on top in the second Test in Hamilton.

    New Zealand posted 375 thanks to Tom Latham's 105, debutant Daryl Mitchell's 73 and 55 from BJ Watling, while Stuart Broad took 4-73.

    Dom Sibley and Joe Denly both made four as England reached 39-2 - trailing by 336 - in the 18 overs possible before the close.

    New Zealand lead 1-0 in the two-Test series.

    Sibley, in his second Test, was hit on the helmet by a Tim Southee bouncer before he was trapped lbw playing across the line to a delivery that would have cannoned into leg stump.

    Matt Henry dismissed Denly as he induced a thick outside edge, with wicketkeeper Watling taking a good, low catch diving to his right.

    Rory Burns, dropped on 10 and 19, will resume on 24 and captain Joe Root six not out.

    Play will start half an hour early at 21:30 GMT for the remainder of the Test, to make up for time lost to rain on Friday.

    Having won the toss, Root will be hugely disappointed that England were not able to bowl New Zealand out for less.

    While the bowling was fairly tidy and they restricted the run-rate well for the majority of day two - the Kiwis only added 86 to their overnight 173-3 in the first 44 overs - the tourists went long periods when they rarely threatened.

    They started excellently as Latham was bowled by Broad leaving the ninth ball of the day. Sam Curran then had Henry Nicholls caught at fine leg hooking seven overs later as England got the early wickets they needed.

    However, the tourists, who spent 201 overs in the field in the first Test, then went 53 overs - including 36 with the second new ball - without taking a wicket before Broad had Watling caught at gully on the stroke of tea courtesy of a lifter.

    Broad, who was given two warnings for running on the pitch, had the superb Mitchell caught at fine leg before Southee gloved an excellent Chris Woakes delivery behind.

    Jofra Archer and Curran finished the innings off as England took the final five wickets for 60 runs.

    There were times when it looked like England needed a spin option to offer variation, with the decision to leave out a frontline spinner yet to be fully vindicated as the pitch and conditions offered their five-man seam attack little.

    One positive for England was the fitness of Ben Stokes. The all-rounder struggled with his left knee in his two overs on day one, but he bowled 11 overs with much more freedom on Saturday.

    After New Zealand's shaky start to the day, Watling and Test debutant Mitchell shared 124 for the sixth wicket.

    The partnership was built on patience and was again a lesson for an England side looking to adapt the way they bat in Test cricket.

    All-rounder Mitchell was initially cautious before growing into his maiden Test innings. He played the short ball particularly well during his four-hour stay at the crease.

    Having grown up in Perth in Australia, 28-year-old Mitchell will be used to handling short-pitched bowling and he played numerous crunching pulls. England kept on feeding the shot despite a lack of pace in their attack and Mitchell's obvious ability off the back foot.

    The tactic eventually worked, but ultimately it was a poor shot from Mitchell rather than a good piece of bowling that proved his undoing.

    Fresh off the back of his 205 in the first Test, Watling was again a thorn in England's side. The wicketkeeper played each delivery on its merit, left the short ball well and scored frequently behind square on the off side.

    It was almost a surprise when he fell, although, in mopping up the tail in quick time, England's bowlers exposed their top order to Southee and Henry.

    England bowler Stuart Broad on BBC Test Match Special: "We're pretty happy - 375, in England if you win the toss and bowl, you'd be disappointed, but in this part of the world you have to manage your expectations.

    "Our opportunity is there in this game. If you're a batsman, you'd fancy your chances tomorrow, getting through that first hour and going on.

    "That's our way to win this Test - bat once and go past them. The next three days will be the best time to bat on this pitch and we need to make the most of that."

    New Zealand all-rounder Daryl Mitchell: "To be able to put on the black cap was pretty special. You are not human if you are not nervous. It was nice to get some runs.

    "Being sent in on this pitch, if you said we would make 370 we would probably have taken it. Getting two poles tonight is a massive bonus. Hopefully we can build some pressure in the morning, maybe get a couple of quick ones and really put some heat on them."

    Ex-England batsman Mark Ramprakash: "New Zealand will be very happy. Their bowlers exerted the pressure and asked the England batsmen questions.

    "The batsmen are having to cope with the physicality of being tired and lots of overs in the field, and then the mentality to come with their game plan."

    England & Middlesex bowler Steven Finn: "The bowlers stuck to their task pretty well. They copped a little bit of criticism in the last Test for chasing the game.

    "They were patient and when they needed to change their plans, they did. They may rue a couple of missed opportunities yesterday."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful_Rox View Post
    Root is Ellen and highly overrated. Stokes won England the world cup which Root can never do in the next 8 years. Also look how Root is getting out, its embarrassing. Arithmetic is temporary, Stokes is permanent
    The World Cup was a team effort - England had the two fast bowlers with the highest tournament wicket aggregates, and a very powerful top order - in which Root, unencumbered by the captaincy, was team aggregate top scorer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    The World Cup was a team effort - England had the two fast bowlers with the highest tournament wicket aggregates, and a very powerful top order - in which Root, unencumbered by the captaincy, was team aggregate top scorer.
    But there was not much that seperated England and NZ in final and whatever the difference was made was by Stokes only in case if you don't want it to be given to the luck factor. Next, your home record is still unbeaten against Australia in this millennium because Stokes played that impossible knock and won you a match that was lost.

    It's not only about runs but when they came, the stage when they came and its which matters.

    I think ECB is under-uitilizing Stokes bowling ability. He should be continued to do the job with the bowl as well and not use as stock bowler, the guy can take wickets everywhere, he has a couple of 5-fers in Asia.

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    These two have stabilized the innings here.

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    Kiwis need a breakthrough here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    But there was not much that seperated England and NZ in final and whatever the difference was made was by Stokes only in case if you don't want it to be given to the luck factor. Next, your home record is still unbeaten against Australia in this millennium because Stokes played that impossible knock and won you a match that was lost.

    It's not only about runs but when they came, the stage when they came and its which matters.

    I think ECB is under-uitilizing Stokes bowling ability. He should be continued to do the job with the bowl as well and not use as stock bowler, the guy can take wickets everywhere, he has a couple of 5-fers in Asia.
    And because of Denny’s 94 and Archer’s 6fer in the fifth test. It’s a team game.

    Stokes is a useful bowler in tests but not any better than a fourth seamer.

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    Batted Burns. Keep going.

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    This will be a draw , the pitch is true , only batsmen making mistake can get wickets

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    NZ have been sloppy in the field.

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    Very good innings by Burns

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    Finally a run out here.

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    Root into nervous 90's.

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    for

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    Root will take the headlines, but for me the big find this year for England has been Rory Burns.

    I haven’t been able to follow this series closely, but I did manage to watch some of the coverage last night, and I saw shades of Cook at his best - in the way that Burns built his innings, kept the scoreboard ticking over and put the bad ball away.

    He is the real deal.

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    Second Test, Seddon Park, Hamilton (day three of five):
    New Zealand 375: Latham 105, Mitchell 73; Broad 4-73
    England 269-5: Root 114*, Burns 101
    England trail by 106 runs

    Joe Root returned to form as he and Rory Burns hit centuries for England, but the second Test against New Zealand remains in the balance after day three.

    Root made 114 not out off 278 balls - his first Test century in 15 innings - as England closed on 269-5, 106 behind.

    Captain Root put on 177 with opener Burns, who reached his second Test ton before being run out for 101.

    New Zealand fought back with two wickets after tea before rain ended play 45 minutes early in Hamilton.

    Ben Stokes made an attractive 26, while 21-year-old debutant Zak Crawley fell for one.

    England will still hope to bat beyond the Black Caps' first-innings 375, before attempting to bowl their hosts out cheaply.

    However, further rain is forecast on the final day, with England needing to win to draw the two-Test series.

    Root made two and 11 in the first-Test defeat at Mount Maunganui and was averaging 27.40 from 10 matches in 2019, form which had seen him drop out of the top 10 of the Test batting ranking for the first time since 2014.

    He began the day on six and batted very patiently, not playing in his trademark busy fashion until a flurry of boundaries when he reached the nineties.

    He did not play many memorable shots but did not offer a chance either, the only scare coming when he was given out caught down the leg side on 47. The decision was overturned when replays showed the ball flicked his pad.

    That said, Root reached his slowest Test hundred in fortuitous fashion, bottom-edging a cut past his stumps then over wicketkeeper BJ Watling for four.

    The century, his 17th in Tests, has come on a very flat pitch but it will also quieten questions around his batting since taking the captaincy - for a while at least.

    This is his sixth hundred as captain and his longest innings in terms of balls faced since he succeeded Alastair Cook as skipper.

    As England faltered late in the day against a disciplined New Zealand attack, Root held firm and will likely need to push on on day four to set up a chance of victory.

    After the innings-and-65-run defeat in the first Test, Root stressed the importance of England batsmen converting starts into hundreds and it will please him that both he and Burns were able to do so.

    It is the first time England have had two centurions in the same innings of a Test since Alastair Cook's final match in September 2018.

    Burns, who was dropped twice on day two, was more fluent than Root, although not as solid. He capitalised when New Zealand bowled too short and played a number of pleasing pulls, reaching his century from 208 balls.

    He was run out two balls later, ambling the first run and falling a couple of inches short when he opted not to dive for his ground.

    Still, Burns' stand with Root was the first time England have had a partnership over 150 since Cook's retirement, and further enhances his reputation at the top of the order.

    After Burns' departure it looked like the in-form Stokes would continue to build England's score, but he was well taken by Ross Taylor at slip off a fine delivery from Southee which seamed away.

    Kent opener Crawley, batting at number six, was almost run out as he scampered his first run in Test cricket before Neil Wagner found the outside edge with one angled across him.

    England opener Rory Burns on BBC Test Match Special: "It's pleasing to get the hundred. I'd like to still be out there. It was a disappointing end to it, but I'm pretty happy with how I played.

    "I knew I had to get some things right from last night. I tried to do that overnight in terms of my mindset and how I was going about it. I got my tempo and rhythm back to how I wanted to bat."

    Cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew: "Root looked like a batsman who walked out today to score a hundred.

    "He knew the importance of him getting to three figures - for the team but also for him and the talk about his position as captain."

    Former England batsman & batting coach Mark Ramprakash: "I really liked the way Root played today. The risk was very low. He kept the ball on the ground, he waited for the long half-volley and his pull shots were well executed.

    "The style of Root's innings has almost become alien. A lot of players these days play cricket in fast-forward mode."

    New Zealand bowler Tim Southee: "It was a docile pitch throughout. Burns and Root played nicely but the run-out opened up a little bit of an end for us.

    "We got a couple of rewards late in the day and if we pick up a couple tomorrow, who knows?"

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    Batted Burnsy. Batted Rooty. Keep going.

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    England have batted too slow, will need to catch up tomorrow and get a lead of 100-200 and see what happens on day 5.


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    Don't worry bro. Your other thread allows for rain. Maybe it will save you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aman View Post
    England have batted too slow, will need to catch up tomorrow and get a lead of 100-200 and see what happens on day 5.
    I don’t think it is the sort of track to force the pace on, especially with Stokes out and no Buttler to come in.

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    Exciting days cricket in the offing!


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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Root will take the headlines, but for me the big find this year for England has been Rory Burns.

    I haven’t been able to follow this series closely, but I did manage to watch some of the coverage last night, and I saw shades of Cook at his best - in the way that Burns built his innings, kept the scoreboard ticking over and put the bad ball away.

    He is the real deal.
    Yeah, at last we have a replacement for Cook.

    Now we need one for Strauss and one for Trott and we might be getting somewhere.

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    Come on NZ! I want you to win. Break this partnership. My guess is England 330 all out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Yeah, at last we have a replacement for Cook.

    Now we need one for Strauss and one for Trott and we might be getting somewhere.
    buttler is pretty good though.

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    Strauss used to get out in the morning In short order after he was not out overnight.

    Root, when not out overnight, adds fifty more in the morning on average.

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    Hopefully England take their time to get a lead.

    If they played more positively they'd be in a better position. Playing like they're 1-0 up in the series rather than 0-1 down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HappyWarsFan View Post
    Come on NZ! I want you to win. Break this partnership. My guess is England 330 all out.
    I suppose they might lose five wickets for one run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Strauss used to get out in the morning In short order after he was not out overnight.

    Root, when not out overnight, adds fifty more in the morning on average.
    If they don't get close to winning this, it would have been another useless innings from Root on a road against a depleted NZ bowling line up.


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