Joe Root and Ian Bell resurrect England at Tea on Day 2

Joe Root continued his good form with an unbeaten 61 at Tea on Day Two © Getty Images

Leeds: May 25, 2013
Ian Bell and local Yorkshire boy Joe Root resurrected England’s innings to take the team to 178 for 4 at Tea on Day Two of the second Test on Saturday.
Going into lunch, England were precariously placed with three wickets down for 67. The two new batsmen Bell and Root played sensibly to build a partnership of 79 runs.
Bell though survived a close call with England’s score on 100. The batsman was struck on the pads to an incoming delivery and a loud appeal from the players was accepted by the umpire. Bell however, chose to review it and the ball tracker showed the delivery going above the stumps.
The batsman’s luck shone once again as the Kiwis didn’t appeal when the ball took a faint edge of the bat. The replays on hotspot confirmed the edge as Bell got another reprieve.
The duo continued to build on their partnership until Bell was dismissed by Kane Williamson. The part-time spinner found a thin edge of Bell’s willow.
Meanwhile, Root completed his half century to a rousing ovation from the spectators. With two local Yorkshire boys at the crease, England will hope for the duo to come good and take the team to comfortable position by the end of the day.
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England 178 for 4 (Joe Root 61*, Alastair Cook 34; Tim Southee 1 for 35, Neil Wagner 1 for 36) vs New Zealand
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