Root apologises after historic 200

Joe Root celebrated a timely return to form with a double century in Hamilton on Monday as England forged a lead over New Zealand on day four of the second Test.

The England captain reached the milestone with a risky single with batting partner Ollie Pope slow off the mark and only keeping his wicket when the New Zealand throw at the stumps went wide.

A sheepish Root apologised to Pope before taking his helmet off and raising his bat to the crowd.

By reaching his double ton, Root became the first visiting captain to ever plunder 200 in New Zealand.

Joe Root now becomes the first visiting Test captain to score a double century in New Zealand.#NZvENG

It was Root’s second highest Test score and on a placid pitch he was hunting his career best 254 against Pakistan three years ago.

But unfortunately the right-hander will have to wait to surpass his previous best after he was caught at deep cover trying to hit spinner Mitchell Santner for a boundary.

Midway through the middle session, England was 8/460, a lead of 85 over the Kiwis.

Root shared a 193-run sixth-wicket stand with rookie Pope, who was out hooking Neil Wager to a fielder deep on the leg side.

Root and Pope piled on the pain for New Zealand.Source:AFP

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