New Zealand vs England 2nd Test: New Zealand team return after century by Rory Barnes and Joe Root, England in trouble: England consolidated their position on the third day of the second Test against New Zealand with the help of centuries from opener Rory Byrnes (101) as well as captain Joe Root. In response to New Zealand’s first innings total of 375, England have scored 269 for 5 in the first innings at the time of stumps. He is still 106 runs behind. Route 114 and Ollie Pope were at the crease with four runs at the time of the stumps.
England team lost only one wicket while playing 39/2 in the morning. Rory Burns and Joe Root then strengthened the team’s position with a crucial partnership of 171 runs for the fourth wicket. Barnes scored 101 runs before he was run out. Meanwhile, Captain Joe Root also completed his 17th Test century. Barnes took full advantage of life-giving.
Still Rory Burns runs out
The New Zealand fielders gave up their catches for runs of 10 and 19, while they lost the opportunity to run out on 87 runs. Rory Burns completed the century by playing Neil Wagner for one run at fine leg. However, he was run out two balls later. At the behest of Root, Burns ran for the second run but suffered the brunt of the slow run during the first run and was dismissed by BJ Watling at the throw of Jeet Rawal.
On a flat pitch, the bowlers had to struggle to achieve success. Wagner’s bouncer troubled the Barnes but could not put the batsman under pressure. England captain Root’s innings is very important as he has been struggling with poor form for some time. Root had not hit a century since scoring a century against the West Indies in February. Ben Stokes (26) and Jack Crowley (1) also returned to the pavilion after tea.