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Captain Joe Root hit a double century against New Zealand to get England back on track on day four of the second Test.

Sportsmail columnist David Lloyd was present to give his expert opinion on the action...

I mentioned that Joe Root has been 'hitting them well in the nets', and he thought there was a big one around the corner. It's arrived. It was not the most memorable double-hundred, but in the grand scheme of things England have got their captain back in form. 

He will feel good that he's having a major contribution to the team. He was first to arrive on the fourth morning, and had a long net in preparation. And he finished with 226. Practice makes perfect.

England's Joe Root returned to form in style with a double century after impressing in the nets

England's Joe Root returned to form in style with a double century after impressing in the nets

Dom Sibley is England's latest opening batsman to be given a run. It's proving to be an endless search. Think back to last summer during the Ashes, when Jason Roy was given a go after his heroics in one-day cricket, only to be jettisoned. 

Jonny Bairstow is Roy's opening partner in one-day cricket. He has scored six Test centuries. He is too good to be left out of this team. Just throwing it out there, but Bairstow may be your ideal candidate as a Test opener.

Jonny Bairstow, pictured in training in New Zealand, could be England's Test opener

Jonny Bairstow, pictured in training in New Zealand, could be England's Test opener

It was quite revealing to have a good look at Ollie Pope. First up, he's got it. He has a fantastic first-class record. He looks well organised, and will have benefited from spending time at the crease with Root. 

But he didn't have the easiest of starts when he was picked at No 4 against India. Then he's settled in at No 6, but Jos Buttler's injury shifted him to No 7 and he's expected to keep wicket. I

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