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I've always felt close to take-off, says Root after double century

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Joe Root

England captain Joe Root revealed his recent lean patch had left him irritated rather than worried after returning to form with a titanic 226 in the second Test against New Zealand.

There were question marks over whether leading the side was hindering Root's batting as his average stood at 27.4 in his 10 previous Tests this year, but his double hundred on day four at Hamilton was his first on foreign soil.

It was his highest score since assuming the captaincy three years ago, while he became the first visiting skipper to reach 200 in New Zealand, which has set up a slim hope of a series-levelling victory.

Root said: "I've always felt like it was close. It's been more of a frustration that it's not really happened rather than a worry. It's very pleasing but ultimately it would be nice for it to really mean something.

"I've felt like my game has been pretty much there, you just sometimes need a bit behind you and a few extra runs.

"It's the business we're in, unfortunately, sometimes you can be playing as well as you want but you need the scores; it's what wins you games."

Root moved into England's all-time top 10 Test run-scorers, leapfrogging Wally Hammond, shortly before getting to his third double ton in Tests.

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