England vs New Zealand 2nd Test, Day 3: Joe Root, Ollie Pope Centuries Fuel England Fightback Against New Zealand

England vs New Zealand 2nd Test, Day 3: Joe Root, Ollie Pope Centuries Fuel England Fightback Against New Zealand

Joe Root Stunning 163 not out and Oli Pope made his highest Test score of 145 when England reached 5-473 against New Zealand at the end of the game on the third day of the second Test. Responding to New Zealand’s big score of 553 in the first innings, Root and Pope took full advantage of a humble pitch with a quick run at Trent Bridge on Sunday. Thanks to the pair’s commanding display, England are in a position to meet or pass New Zealand’s overall score in the Tests, which could lead to a high scoring draw with two days left.

After handing over the reins to Stokes earlier this year, Root was in a dynamic mood free from the oppressive chains of England captaincy when he opened up his entire lineup of strokes in his 27th Test century.

With just 116 balls needed to reach his fastest Test century, Root picked up where he had scored his second consecutive century at Lord’s.

His 115 not out runs helped England to a thrilling five-wicket victory over the Test world champions in the opening game of the three-match series.

Reinforcing his case as one of England’s greatest batsmen ever, Root’s fourth Test century this year took the 31-year-old by storm.

He passed Pakistan. Younis Khan And of India Sunil Gavaskar He became the 12th highest run scorer in Test history during his innings.

Pope’s second Test century came after he was surprisingly promoted to third by the England captain. Ben Stokes At the beginning of the series.

This was Pope’s first Test century since scoring 135 not out in South Africa in January 2020.

The 24-year-old has been ruled out of England due to a shoulder injury and lack of form.

But, before the first Test, batting in a position he had never held for England or Surrey, Pope repaid the faith of Stokes and the coach. Brendan McCullum.

Before, Alex Liz England’s highest Test score for a great day was 67, with a total of 383 runs.

– Exquisite root –

Just before lunch, Root escaped when he reached the top edge. Trent Bolt To Tim SoutheeWho let the ball slip with his hands when he lifted them above his head in a failed attempt to make a difficult catch.

Within a distance of hitting his century, Pope flogged Bolt for four from midwicket and crossed his milestone with a comfortable drive for two.

The pope’s face lit up with joy and relief as he applauded the crowd and warmly embraced Root after his 14th first-class century.

Root enjoyed a lucky stroke to reach his century with a wrong cut that passed his stumps before he waved his bat triumphantly.

Pope’s innings ended when, on the first ball after changing his bad pads, he pulled off the bolt at the wrong time and was caught while diving. Matt Henry.

Although the Purists may have questioned the point of view in the Test setting, Stokes chose tremendous strength as he accepted McCullum’s desire to play aggressively for England at all times.

He hit a six to Kyle Jamieson between the boundaries before the New Zealand bowler was apparently limping to make up for his injured ego.

New Zealand said Jamieson was “out of the field after experiencing severe pain in the lower part of his left back. He is currently being examined by medical staff.”

Stokes’ 33-ball cameo cameo 46 when he often slog at Bracewell and Bolt caught.

Ben Fox The review revealed that he had not touched Henry’s delivery after successfully reversing the catchback decision.

Promoted.

Fox, who enjoyed another moment of good fortune Will Young Southee’s ball was caught, 24 runs remained unbeaten.

It was Pierre Route’s day and he reached 150 for the 13th time in a Test with a magnificent skyscraper on the boundary.

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