Publicado: Jue, Diciembre 05, 2019
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

England in New Zealand: Joe Root & Rory Burns hit centuries

England in New Zealand: Joe Root & Rory Burns hit centuries

England's Rory Burns celebrates is century at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

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. With less than four weeks until the Test series in South Africa starts, it is unlikely England will take any risks with such an important player.

England were 269/5 at the end of day three of the fourth and final Hamilton Test against hosts New Zealand, still trailing by 106 runs here on Sunday. "Our opportunity is there.Here we're not batting with a scoreboard of 500".

"It's a nice wicket to bat on at the moment, but there's some things there we can try to exploit later on".

New Zealand started Day 2 at a healthy position on 173 for three but England did well to bowl them out for a total below 400.

"If a batsman really applies themselves on these pitches ands doesn't play loose shots and wants to just score in their areas, they can be a real handful".

After an extended morning session, where Burns and Root added 103 runs without being separated, they continued right from where they left off.

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Root may not have been at his most fluent, and only 39 of his runs came in front of square, but he judged his innings on a slow surface expertly, reaching three figures for the 17th time in Test cricket and only the second time in 2019.

Glaciers moved metres while third umpire Bruce Oxenford checked that wicketkeeper BJ Watling hadn't disturbed the bails before he had the ball but when the ice thawed, Burns was gone for 101 from 209 balls, featuring 15 fours.

He brought up his century with successive boundaries off Neil Wagner, moving from 95 to 99 with a leg glance.

With the home side reduced to 191-5 and England looking to run through the tail, Watling and Mitchell blunted the attack and calmly built their 57-run partnership as they seized the advantage back from the tourists.

James Franklin on Rory Burns: "He remained patient, which is a characteristic of his game".

Burns and Root controlled the first session, although the latter needed a review when given out caught behind on 47, a delivery from debutant Daryl Mitchell (0-28) having hit his pad, not bat. Tom Latham had backed up behind the bowler's stumps and was poised to take the bails off but bowler Matt Henry had run back and his effort to effect the dismissal was botched. England could have been even further in the mire at stumps with Burns dropped on 10 by Ross Taylor at first slip off Henry and again, from a more hard chance, on 19 by Jeet Raval at midwicket off Southee.

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