Root silences critics in England fightback

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England skipper Joe Root scored his 17th Test ton in the second Test against New Zealand

Joe Root has batted through the entire third day of the second Test against New Zealand and temporarily silenced his detractors with a resolute century at Hamilton.

Root's position as leader of the side has been under a little scrutiny, in part because of an average of 27.4 in his 10 previous Tests this year, but the Yorkshireman was in defiant mood at Seddon Park on Sunday.

His 114 not out, allied to Rory Burns's 101, carried England to 5-269 - still trailing New Zealand by 106 runs 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 the 17th time in Test cricket and only the second time in 2019.

The 259 balls it took him to reach his hundred was his slowest in England whites.

Root has seen his average as England skipper drop below 40 and has fallen out of the top 10 batting world rankings for the first time since 2014.

He made two and 11 in the first Test at Mount Maunganui where England were mauled by an innings and 65 runs.

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 after coming back for a second run.

Burns recorded just his second Test hundred and first overseas, before his dismissal saw England slip from 2-201 to 5-262.

"Obviously pleased to get a hundred, obviously I'd like to still be out there and obviously a disappointing end to it," Burns said.

"I felt like I played very nicely today.

"I got my tempo back to how I wanted to bat and my rhythm to how I wanted to bat."

Root lost two other partners before stumps. Ben Stokes was out for 26, caught by Ross Taylor off Tim Southee, and Zak Crawley fell for one in his first test innings.

Root will resume on day four, alongside Ollie Pope, on four not out, looking to push England towards a first-innings lead.

The tourists need to win the match to share the two-test series.