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New Zealand v England LIVE SCORECARD: All the action as Joe Root looks to build on his 17th Test century on day four England reached 269-5 before rain ended play on day three of the second Test Joe Root hit 114 runs not out from 278 balls for his 17th Test century for England They trail 106 runs with New Zealand having managed 375 in their first innings 

By Sportsmail Reporter

Published: 21:36 GMT, 1 December 2019 | Updated: 21:37 GMT, 1 December 2019

England will be hoping they can take control of the second Test on day four with five first innings wickets still remaining.

Joe Root resolved to bat through the entire third day of the second Test against New Zealand as the England captain temporarily silenced his detractors with a resolute century at Hamilton.

There has been scrutiny over whether the captaincy is impinging on Root's batting because of his average of just 27.4 in his 10 previous Tests this year, but he ended his lean trot with an unbeaten 114 at Seddon Park.

His 17th Test hundred, allied to Rory Burns's 101, carried England to 269 for five - still trailing New Zealand by 106 before the players were brought off with 16.2 overs still left in the day because of rain.

Root may not have been at his most fluent, and only 39 of his runs came in front of square, but he judged his innings on a slow surface expertly, reaching three figures for only the second time this year.

There were a number of flicks into the leg-side as he contented himself with playing on the back foot, while the 259 balls it took him to reach his hundred was his slowest in England whites.

But he offered New Zealand's willing attack no chances while his 177-run stand alongside Burns was only ended after the opener was run out, inches short of his ground, after coming back for a second run.

Burns had a couple of minor challenges in his innings but overcame them superbly as he recorded just his second Test hundred and first overseas, before his dismissal saw England slip from 201 for two to 262 for five.

Root was still there at the close and will resume on day four, alongside Ollie Pope, on four not out, looking to push England towards a first-innings lead which could determine the outcome of the contest and series.

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