ENG vs NZ 2nd Test: Root, Pope hit ton to take charge of England on day 3

Author: Yuvi June 12, 2022

ENG vs NZ 2nd Test: Joe Root, Ollie Pope tons put England in command on Day 3

Joe Root scored his fastest Test century while Ollie Pope scored a brilliant 145 as England put up a thrilling battle to reach 473-5 at the end of the game on the third day of the second Test against New Zealand on Sunday (12 June). started. Resuming 90-1 in the morning after the touring team posted a mammoth first innings total of 553, England excelled on a fine batting wicket at Trent Bridge when the stumps were drawn.

Root remained unbeaten on 163 and Ben Fox remained unbeaten on 24. Pope, out early in his innings on Saturday, looked in fine form for most of the day to complete his second Test century, as the hosts took New Zealand in on the fun with former captain Root, when Opener Alex Lees fell for 67.

Root reached an unbeaten 115 to guide England to a five-wicket win in the first Test, but quickly endured moments of panic and survived after shining a delivery from Tim Southee, who dropped him at slips. But the 31-year-old regained his composure to complete his half-century in 56 balls, before disappointing New Zealand struggling to take his team past the 300-run mark in the 75th over.

A Glorious Welcome to Our Centuries at Tea

#ENGvNZ pic.twitter.com/CRAGKu4XRA

— england cricket (@englandcricket) June 12, 2022

A reverse sweep from Michael Bracewell took Root to 97 for a four in two overs off Daryl Mitchell and the latter completed his 27th Test century and fourth at this location, coming off just 116 balls. It was Root’s fourth century in the coming five Tests after reaching 10,000 runs in the format in the previous match, and a blow to the pads for four took him to 150 as he slammed New Zealand with a sword.

Great day off the bat!

We finish the third day at 473-5.

Scorecard and Video: https://t.co/GJPwJC59J7

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— england cricket (@englandcricket) June 12, 2022

Earlier, it didn’t take much for Pope to score his century after lunch – his first since 2020 and first on home turf – as he cut Matt Henry for four and cheered loudly for two. For pushed them through the cover. Pope fell early in the final session as he top-edged Matt Henry off Trent Boult, who dismissed Jonny Bairstow for eight after a review showed he bowled the ball to the keeper, giving England a 344- left at 4.

Captain Ben Stokes’ blitz had troubled New Zealand, but he was trying to score more than one six, scoring 46, as Bracewell took a crucial first wicket on his debut. However, the Black Caps missed another opportunity when Will Young dropped the Foxes to 10. Lees looked in good form at first, reaching his maiden Test half-century with a boundary off Kyle Jamieson before hitting two boundaries off a fluent Southee, who later suffered a back injury.

On 67, however, Lees chased down a wide delivery from Henry to hand it to Mitchell at slip and the fielder made no mistake to end the second-wicket partnership of 141. The final Test will begin on June 23 at Headingley.

12 June, 2022, 11:48 pm

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