Once Root had done the obligatory raise of his bat after reaching 150, he peculiarly tucked his bat under his arm and started making gestures with his hands.
He later explained: “Jofra (Archer), for some reason, thought it would be a nice thing to do, he said ‘if you get 150, you can have my Xbox controller’.
“I just thought ‘a free Xbox controller is nice’. It must be (a good one). I don’t really play Xbox much but I’ll take it.”
150 UP FOR ROOT!
The England skipper reaches another milestone and he is not done yet. England are 329-5, trailing by 46.
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) December 1, 2019
Root returned to form in spectacular fashion with the third double ton of his career and his first overseas, beating his previous highest score away from home of 182 against the West Indies in 2015.
No other visiting captain had gone past 200 in New Zealand before Root, who now sits 10th in England’s all-time leading Test run-scoring list.
The Yorkshireman leapfrogged Wally Hammond, who is one of only three Englishman to have more double tons than Root – Hammond has seven, with Alastair Cook on five and Len Hutton on four.
The 441 balls he faced and 636 minutes Root spent at the crease here meant this was the longest innings of his career.
Looks like Wood *and* Archer at the Wanderers.
Bavuma in. Hamza out. Van der Dussen up to three.
No solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.
England could go all in on pace in Joburg.
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“After that Test cricket will be something that won’t see me.”
Professional but bat-shit crazy.
And all because of the “blueprint”?