Harry Brook and Joe Root
Harry Brook and Joe Root. Image Credits: Twitter

English side on the first day of the second test match against New Zealand registered 315 runs for the loss of three wickets. Joe Root and Harry broke put on 294 runs stand at Wellington, English cricket young prodigy, Brook scored an unbeaten 184 runs, with his fourth test ton in a longer format of the game he has equalled Sir Don Bradman’s record.

Harry Brook
Harry Brook. Image Credits: Twitter

The 24-year-old now has scored four centuries in six test matches, Australian legendary cricketer Bradman also achieved this feat in six games he played for his side. The all-time great cricketer had a total of 29 tons in 52 matches he played for the Baggy Greens in a 20-year-long career.

Brook also broke Vinod Kambli’s record of scoring the most runs after nine test matches innings, the Yorkshire lad became the first player to score over 800 runs in his first nine innings of the longer format of the game. He now has 807 runs at an average of 100.88, only Sunil Gavaskar’s average of 129.66 after nine innings is better than England’s new star.

The visitors were struggling at 21 for 3 when middle-order batter Harry walked out to bat to join Joe Root at Wellington on the first day of a second test match. With the wickets of top-order batters, Zak Crawley (2), Ben Duckett (9) and Ollie Pope (10), Kiwi pacers Matt Henry and Tim Southee were charged up to take the full advantage of the green wicket.

But Brook showed no sign of nerves and added 294 runs stand with former skipper Joe Root, he scored 184 runs off 169 balls including five sixes and 24 boundaries and went not out on the first day. Root scored his 29th test ton and equalled former Australian batter Bradman feat of 29 test matches centuries, the 32-year-old now has the highest 100s in the longer format of the game in current active players in cricket.

Ben Strokes-led side is leading the two-test match series by 1-0 against the home side. The visitors will be looking to clean sweep the test match series by 2-0 against Tim Southee-led side. New Zealand lost the first test match against England by 267 runs, the Black Caps were unable to chase down the target of 394 runs in their second innings and were bowled out for 126 runs at Mount Maunganui.

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