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PHOTOS: Root, Pope hit tons to lead England's strong reply

Last updated on: June 13, 2022 00:19 IST
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Images from Day 3 of the second Test between England and New Zealand at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Sunday.

IMAGE: Ollie Pope celebrates his century during day three of the second Test match against New Zealand at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, on Sunday. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Joe Root scored his fastest Test century while Ollie Pope struck a superb 145, as England launched a stirring fightback to reach 473/5 at the close of play on the third day of the second Test against New Zealand on Sunday.

 

Resuming on 90/1 in the morning after the touring side had posted a massive first-innings total of 553, England excelled on a good batting wicket at a sunny Trent Bridge to trail by 80 when stumps were drawn.

Root was unbeaten on 163 with Ben Foakes not out on 24 after being handed a lifeline.

IMAGE: Joe Root completed his 27th Test ton and fourth at Trent Bridge, with the knock coming off only 116 balls. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Pope, dropped early in his innings on Saturday, looked in sublime form for most of the day to notch his second test ton as the hosts made New Zealand toil with former captain Root joining in the fun after opener Alex Lees fell for 67.

Root arrived having hit an unbeaten 115 to guide England to a five-wicket win in the first test but endured nervy moments early on and was lucky to survive after flashing at a ball from Tim Southee who also dropped him at slip.

IMAGE: Ollie Pope bats during Day 3. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

But the 31-year-old regained his composure to bring up his half-century off 56 deliveries, before frustrating New Zealand who struggled to contain the batters as they took their team past the 300-run mark in the 75th over.

A reverse sweep off Michael Bracewell took Root to 97 before an edge for a four off Daryl Mitchell two overs later completed his 27th test century and fourth at this venue, with the knock coming off only 116 balls.

It was Root's fourth century in five Tests, coming after he reached 10,000 runs in the format in the last match, and a flick off the pads for four took him to 150 as he put New Zealand to the sword.

IMAGE: Joe Root bats hits a boundary. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

A reverse sweep off Michael Bracewell took Root to 97 before an inside edge for four completed his 27th Test ton and fourth at this venue, with the knock coming off only 116 balls.

Lees also looked in excellent form, fluently driving Southee for two boundaries before bring up his maiden Test fifty with a four off Kyle Jamieson.

IMAGE: New Zealand's players celebrate after Matt Henry picked up the wicket of Alex Lees. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Earlier, it did not take long after lunch for Pope to score his century -- his first since 2020 and first on home soil -- as he cut Matt Henry for four before pushing him through cover for two to draw loud cheers.

Pope fell early in the final session as he top-edged one to Matt Henry off Trent Boult, who then removed Jonny Bairstow for eight after a review showed he edged the ball to the keeper, leaving England at 344/4.

Skipper Ben Stokes' blitz had New Zealand in a spot of bother but he perished for 46 attempting one too many sixes, as Bracewell claimed an important first wicket on his debut.

However, the Black Caps squandered another opportunity when Will Young dropped Foakes on 10.

IMAGE: New Zealand's players celebrate after Michael Bracewell claimed the wicket of England captain Ben Stokes. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Lees looked in good form earlier, fluently driving Southee for two boundaries before bringing up his maiden Test fifty with a four off Kyle Jamieson, who later sustained a back injury.

On 67, however, Lees chased a wide delivery from Henry to edge it to Mitchell at slip and the fielder made no mistake to end the second-wicket partnership of 141.

The final Test starts at Headingley on June 23.

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