Root, Burns hit tons as New Zealand make inroads

Jofra Archer

Jofra Archer

England captain Root ended his run drought with an unbeaten 114 while Burns survived on luck to post 101 but when rain ended play 16 overs early the tourists were 269 for five.

New Zealand struck crucial blows late on day three of the second Test to have England in trouble despite centuries from Joe Root and Rory Burns in Hamilton on Sunday.

"I enjoyed the fact I got it (hundred) but at the same time disappointed me and Rooty couldn't stretch our partnership and get us deeper into the game", Burn said.

However, further rain is forecast on the final day, with England needing to win the match to draw the two-match series.

Latham has now scored five centuries in the last 10 Test innings but preferred to talk about "a reasonably good day" for New Zealand rather than focus on himself. All three New Zealand wickets to fall Friday went to catches by Root who did his best to back-up his decision to field first.

New Zealand were equally determined to stop England from batting big and the bowling unit produced a big-hearted, demanding display on an unresponsive track to limit their rivals' scoring. Dropped twice the night before, Burns remained streaky, offering several edges which flew past or landed short of fielders, but he also played some assertive shots to reach his second test century.

Glaciers moved metres while third umpire Bruce Oxenford checked that wicketkeeper BJ Watling hadn't disturbed the bails before he had the ball but when the ice thawed, Burns was gone for 101 from 209 balls, featuring 15 fours.

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He flicked a delivery from Wagner to the leg side and jogged a single but was then called through for a second run by Root and despite nearly making his ground he was unable to beat Jeet Raval's flat throw from midwicket.

It is the job of Root and Pope to take England to that position.

Latham used placement and timing to find boundaries through midwicket and reached his century with an on-drive from the second ball of the only over bowled by Root, England's part-time off-spinner.

Root was given out when on 47 for a leg-side strangle off debutant Daryl Mitchell, but the skipper broke the sound barrier asking for a referral and his confidence was borne out when Oxenford found that the ball had brushed just pad.

Taylor reached his 32nd half century from 98 balls and was out immediately afterwards, caught by Root at slip from the bowling of Chris Woakes. Tom Latham had backed up behind the bowler's stumps and was poised to take the bails off but bowler Matt Henry had run back and his effort to effect the dismissal was botched.

Ben Stokes came and went for 26 as Southee produced a flawless delivery to have him edging to Ross Taylor at slip, and Zak Crawley's test debut lasted six balls as Neil Wagner lured him into an edge to BJ Watling.

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