Joe Root’s ton takes England to 337 for 7 at stumps on Day 2 of 2nd Test

Joe Root scored 102 runs © Getty Images

Leeds: May 25, 2013
 
A maiden century innings by Joe Root (104) and his 124-run partnership with fellow Yorkshire player Jonny Bairstow (64) helped England reach a total of 337 for the loss of seven wickets at stumps on Day Two of the second Test against New Zealand at Leeds.
 
Root who has been in sublime form even in the county season showed his class with the bat on his home turf. The spectators who had expected their local boys to perform weren’t disappointed as Bairstow too stroked a fluent half-century to take England to a decent total.
 
After the fall of Ian Bell’s wicket both Root and Bairstow had no problems whatsoever in building their partnership. Root while batting on 93 tried to flick a delivery down the legside. The Kiwis asked for a review but the hotspot showed no evidence of an edge. That was the only difficulty for Root before he reached his maiden century.
 
However three quick wickets in the second half of the third session from Trent Boult pulled England back a bit. Root edged one from Boult to wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum, while Bairstow fell in a similar way with the new ball.
 
Matt Prior (38) however steadied the ship along with Graeme Swann (21).
 
Brief scores:
 
England 337 for 7 (Joe Root 104, Jonny Bairstow 64; Trent Boult 3 for 48, Kane Williamson 1 for 49) vs New Zealand
 
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