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Graham Thorpe urges England batsmen to take their lead from Joe Root following 226 in series defeat: 'We also want that from other players' Joe Root scored 226 in drawn second Test against New Zealand in Hamilton  Rory Burns scored 101 and was only other England player to hit three figures  Graham Thorpe thinks other batsmen need to step up and deliver big scores  

By Lawrence Booth for MailOnline

Published: 22:00 GMT, 4 December 2019 | Updated: 22:00 GMT, 4 December 2019

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Graham Thorpe has urged England’s batsmen to take their lead from Joe Root after a series defeat in which the tourists managed only two individual centuries to New Zealand’s five.

Root made the highest of the lot – 226 in more than 10 and a half hours during the drawn second Test at Hamilton. 

But Rory Burns’s second-innings 101, ended by a run-out, was England’s only other three-figure score across the two games. 

Joe Root scored a massive 226 but few other English batsmen stepped up in the series

Joe Root scored a massive 226 but few other English batsmen stepped up in the series

That compared badly with the hundreds for the hosts from BJ Watling, Mitchell Santner, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor.

Asked whether Root

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