New Zealand vs England, 2nd Test Day 2 in Hamilton

Daryl Mitchell in action for Northern Districts

Daryl Mitchell in action for Northern Districts

This is what you need to know from day three in Hamilton ...

Root's 17th Test hundred will ease the pressure on the under-pressure skipper, who has consistently faced questions over whether the burden of the captaincy was affecting his form.

Adding to Stokes' worries, he felt pain in his left knee after bowling two overs and will be assessed overnight to see whether he can bowl again during the innings.

All the talk for this test competition was about Root and whether he was the right man to lead this English side. On the contrary, the very reason these people feel that he shouldn't be the captain is because they are anxious about the adverse effect of captaincy on his batting.

A consensus appeared like creating within the English cricket fraternity that the persevering with occupation of the captain's place by Root was proving detrimental to each him and his workforce.

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They removed both overnight batsmen early on day two and then lost the initiative as Watling and Mitchell staged their fix mission before Stuart Broad removed both batsmen either side of the tea break. On pitches like this you've got to pick your times to attack and New Zealand played really well between lunch and tea.

The moment marked the first time since September previous year that two Englishmen have amassed Test hundreds in the same innings - when Root and Sir Alastair Cook did so in the latter's last Test against India at The Oval.

Burns had a couple of minor challenges in his innings but overcame them superbly as he recorded just his second Test hundred and first overseas, before his dismissal saw England slip from 201 for two to 262 for five. "If we bat through the whole of tomorrow and we go past New Zealand, we can apply some pressure in the second innings - if we don't go and get 400, we can't".

England lost two wickets late on in the day, meaning New Zealand were on top at Hamilton in the second test.

"England still has to think that there will be 98 overs on days four and five", said David Lloyd.

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And welcome to coverage of the early open of day two of the second Take a look at between New Zealand and England at Seddon Park.

With Joe Root unbeaten on 114 and the exciting Ollie Pope at the crease, the run rate should not be too much of a problem assuming they can get through the first hour of play unscathed.

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Now Broad hopes to remind him of everything he has achieved in such a short space of time and persuade him to accept that such barren patches are inevitable. New Zealand tested him with different angles, they went a lot around the wicket and tried to imprison him.

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