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'When he bats like that, everyone's behind him': Rory Burns backs Joe Root after England captain hits 114 not out against New Zealand following criticism over his form and tactics Joe Root hit a century for England for his first Test hundred in 15 innings  The England captain has been under fire for his tactics and underwhelming form  But team-mate Rory Burns leapt to his defence after his display against the Kiwis He called for critics to end negativity around Root and 'applaud the brilliance' 

By Lawrence Booth for The Mail on Sunday

Published: 08:42 GMT, 1 December 2019 | Updated: 08:43 GMT, 1 December 2019

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Rory Burns issued a protective defence of Joe Root after both men made centuries on the third day of the second Test against New Zealand at Seddon Park.

Burns hit 101, while Root finished the day unbeaten on 114, his first Test hundred in 15 innings stretching back to February. And, speaking on behalf of the dressing-room, Burns – touted in some quarters as a future England captain himself – did not miss the chance to back his leader following recent criticism over his form and tactics.

'It's really nice to see the skipper get his runs,' said Burns. 'He's obviously a very good player and a lot of stuff has been said in recent times. Not scoring runs as a batsman might bring other things into the equation, which aren't necessarily true. When he bats like that, everyone's behind him and knows exactly what he can do. It's awesome to see him get them.'

Rory Burns says negativity around Joe Root must end after his century against New Zealand

Rory Burns says negativity around Joe Root must end

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