Root's epic 226 gives England 101-run lead over New Zealand

England lost their last five wickets for just 21 runs but a 101-run lead would give them fair bit of advantage going into the second innings

"I have felt close for a long time, it has been round the corner", Root told Sky Sports Cricket at stumps at Seddon Park, after New Zealand closed on 96/2 in their second innings to trail England by five runs.

It was Root's second partnership in excess of 100 runs in the innings after he combined with Rory Burns (101) in a 177-run third wicket stand that resurrected England from 24-2.

Joe Root says he "had the bite between his teeth, quot; when he completed his third double ton test and kept England's hopes of beating New Zealand and winning a series draw".

In the process, Root is also the fourth batsman from England to smash a double hundred in the country.

Root was more proactive against Mitch Santner but a top-edge landed between two fielders in the deep before the next ball was swept for four to take the union between the England captain and Pope into three figures.

If Raval is feeling the pressure of his slump with an away series against Australia looming, he need only look at the England captain's timely double century to see fortunes can change.

After they went inside three by stringing the ball between two staggered trench field players to find the border of the third man, a few singles brought him to 199. But I still feel if we can sneak a couple first thing - I know there's a bit of weather around but you just never know. However, the pitch was not the goal and Roots celebration began with an apology to his young batting partner.

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New Zealand's Kane Williamson won't want to bow to England on the final day of the second test.

Four balls later, it was a ways and wide for Root whose graceful timing deserted him when an are trying and hit Mitchell Santner out of the bottom grew to alter into into a delicate decide to Henry Nicholls at deep hide.

Neil Wagner cleaned up the tail, angling one across Chris Woakes before bowling Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad with slower deliveries, to finish with five for 124, impressive given his leg took the brunt of a full-blooded drive from Root earlier.

England came out firing after the break and Sam Curran justified Root's decision to hand him the new ball when he had Jeet Raval (0) lbw in his first over. Strangely enough, the underpressure opener has chosen not to judge, even though HotSpot has a clear inside.

First-innings centurion Tom Latham had started well but he was gone for 18 when he pushed outside off and edged to Root at first slip, giving Woakes a wicket in the first over of what proved to be a superb, probing spell.

However, another wicket was not going on when Williamson and Taylor stabilized New Zealand and gradually removed the deficit.

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