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We can still win - Root

2nd December 2019, 11:55 by James Mason

Joe Root insists England can still beat New Zealand in the second Test after his double century gave the tourists a glimmer of hope.

Beginning the fourth day at Seddon Park on 269-5, England skipper Root and Ollie Pope shared an impressive 193-run partnership before the latter was caught by Jeet Raval off the bowling of Neil Wagner for 75.

Just 10 balls later, Root departed for a magnificent knock of 226 after 10 hours at the crease and he is now the 10th leading Test run-scorer for England, while he is the first visiting captain to make a double century in New Zealand.

England were bowled out for 476, giving them a lead of 101, and the tourists made an early breakthrough when Sam Curran trapped Raval (0) LBW with just the second ball of his first over.

Chris Woakes then dismissed Tom Latham (18) to leave the hosts struggling on 28-2, but captain Kane Williamson (37no) and Ross Taylor (31no) held firm until the close of play to guide the Kiwis to 96-2, trailing by five runs.

With rain expected on the final day, it looks unlikely England will be able to clinch the victory required to draw the series although Root is not letting his optimism fade.

He said on BBC Test Match Special: "I have been close for a long time in terms of a real big score. I have never felt like it has been far away. Once I got in I had the bit between my teeth and wanted to make a big one. We have got ourselves in a position where we can still win."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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