Root dou­ble ton gives Eng­land big push

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Joe Root could not hide his de­light af­ter a mas­ter­ful 226 ended his run drought and gave Eng­land a much­needed boost in the sec­ond Test against New Zealand as they ended day four believ­ing they can square the se­ries. It took a five-wicket haul for the tire­less Neil Wag­ner to bring Eng­land’s first in­nings to an end at 476, a lead of 101. At stumps, New Zealand were 96-2 and need­ing to bat late into the fi­nal day although rain may yet have the last word with fur­ther show­ers fore­cast for to­day. “It felt good,” Root said as he put a stream of low scores be­hind him. “Once I got in and had the bit be­tween my teeth I wanted to make it a real big one and try and get us in a po­si­tion where we can force a re­sult.”

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