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England's Joe Root remains optimistic despite New Zealand fightback

Joe Root: Scored 71 in England's second innings against New Zealand

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Joe Root remains optimistic despite England allowing New Zealand back into contention in the first Test at Lords.

After bowling out the tourists for 207 to claim a lead of 25, the home side were cruising with Root and Jonathan Trott putting on 123 for the third wicket.

However, Tim Southee sparked a mini-collapse by bowling Root for 71 before also claiming the wicket of Jonny Bairstow and Matt Prior as England closed on 180 for six.

Player of the day - Joe Root

Ian Bell and Steven Finn will continue at the crease for England on day four.

Root told Sky Sports 2: "I was very disappointed not to kick on and after giving them a sniff tonight, we're quite down about it. But we have an opportunity to get going tomorrow, Belly battling for us with Finny, hopefully we can get a few more on the board.

"It's quite a slow pitch and you've got to really work hard to start with and get going really.

"I felt all right, you just look to play on instinct and I was lucky to get a few balls in nice scoring areas and just try to make the most of it."

Root's place in the batting order is always the subject of speculation, with the 22-year-old opening for Yorkshire but coming in in the middle order for England.

He added: "I don't mind it, really. I just enjoy playing and to get the opportunity to represent your country is fantastic and whether that means batting middle order or opening, it doesn't really bother me."