sport news Joe Root makes DOUBLE century in England's second Test against New Zealand

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England captain Joe Root leads from the front as he makes brilliant DOUBLE century in Hamilton to give his side a chance of victory in crucial second Test against New Zealand Joe Root made 226 as England reached 476 on day four of the second Test Hosts New Zealand ended the day at 96-2, leaving the series in the balance  Root's 441-ball innings took 635 minutes and contained 22 fours and one six Kane Williamson was 37 not out at stumps as New Zealand look to make it 2-0 

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Published: 06:19 GMT, 2 December 2019 | Updated: 06:30 GMT, 2 December 2019

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England captain Joe Root made 226, his third Test double century, to give his team a flickering hope of winning the second Test against New Zealand.

Root shared a 193-run sixth-wicket partnership with Ollie Pope (75) which allowed England to reach 476 before their first innings ended just before tea on Monday, a lead of 101 with four sessions remaining.

He then took a catch at slip to remove first-innings century-maker Tom Latham before New Zealand ended day four at 96-2, still five runs behind and with the match and the series still somewhat in the balance.

Joe Root leaves the field after finally being dismissed for 226 against New Zealand on Monday

Joe Root leaves the field after finally being dismissed for 226 against New Zealand on Monday

Root's incredible double century was the third of his Test career as England reached 476

Root's incredible double century was the third of his Test career as England reached 476

The England captain celebrates after reaching 200 on day four of the second Test in Hamilton

The England captain celebrates after reaching 200 on day four of the second Test in Hamilton

Root's New Zealand counterpart Kane Williamson stood most formidably between England and a victory which would level the series after the home team's first test win by an innings and 65 runs.

Williamson was 37 not out at stumps and had added 68 runs for the third wicket with his long-time middle-order partner Ross Taylor, who was 31.

New Zealand now needs to bat most of the fifth day, which is expected to be affected by rain, to avoid any possibility of England chasing an attainable total.

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