Joe Root has been in sensational form since the start of 2021. The former England skipper slammed his 27th Test ton in the second and penultimate game in progress between hosts England and New Zealand, at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
After his impressive hundred gave England a 1-0 lead in the series opener at Lord’s, Root was once again at his best when he came out at bat in the opening innings of the home team, in response to the Kiwis’ 553 on day 3. of the Trent Bridge encounter. Resuming Day 4 on 163, with England 473-5, Root hit Tim Southee for a six with a superb reverse sweeping shot on Monday 13 June.
Here’s video of Root’s stunner going over the drawstring and past the boundary ropes:
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As Root was expected to hit the 200 carries mark on Day 4 he fell for a sublime 176 while Ben Foakes was fired for 56 as Trent Boult picked up a five-iron and ran through the English lower order to dismiss the hosts for 539, allowing a vital 14-point lead for his team.
In their second try, New Zealand lost alternate captain Tom Latham for 4 but have stabilized the ship ever since. They will be looking to post a tough aggregate for the hosts in a bid to level the series after losing the first Test by five wickets at Lord’s.
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