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Joe Root becomes first visiting skipper to notch a double ton in New Zealand

Root seems to have silenced his critics for a while with his classy double ton in Hamilton Test.

SNS | New Delhi |

England skipper Joe Root has silenced his critics in style after he scored a historic double hundred in the Hamilton Test on Monday. Root registered a massive double hundred and helped his side recover in the second Test against New Zealand.

Root’s 226 against New Zealand made him the first visiting captain to score a double hundred in New Zealand. He also became only the fourth England captain to have a 200 plus score against his name in a Test match played in overseas conditions.

Root thus joins a rare and elite list of England skippers. Len Hutton was the first England captain to score a double hundred in overseas Tests. He scored 205 long back in 1954 in Kingston. He was followed by Ted Dexter who scored a double hundred as captain in 192 in Karachi.

Much later in 2015, Alastair Cook scored a double hundred (263) against Pak in Abu Dhabi and Root’s double came four years later on Monday.