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02-Dec-2019 06:00:00 GMT
NZ vs Eng - 2nd Test - Hamilton, day 4

Root double ton alive England victory hope

Hamilton: Captain Joe Root made a double century but England face an uphill task to win the second Test against New Zealand in Hamilton.

Root's painstaking 226 from 441 balls and 75 from Ollie Pope helped England to 476 and a first-innings lead of 101.

The Black Caps fell to 28-2 but Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor guided them to 96-2 at the close of day four, trailing by only five runs.

England must win at Seddon Park to draw the two-Test series.

Brief scores:
New Zealand 375 (Latham 105, Mitchell 73, Watling 55, Broad 4-73) and 96 for 2 (Williamson 37*) trail England 476 (Root 226, Burns 101, Pope 75, Wagner 5-124) by five runs

Weather may be England's biggest obstacle, with rain forecast for much of the final day.

With a pitch that is still good for batting, New Zealand will be confident of seeing out what play is possible from 21:30 GMT on Monday.


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