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Match Drawn

England Lions vs New Zealand

Tour Match: England Lions draw with New Zealand

Joe Root: Lengthy innings for England Lions

Doug Bracewell celebrates bowling Joe Root

Joe Root celebrated his inclusion in the England Test squad by taking his score to 179 for England Lions in the draw against New Zealand at Grace Road.

Lions captain Root was named on Saturday in the 12-man squad for the first Test starting at Lord's on Thursday and his form would certainly merit a place in the side.

The Yorkshire batsman took his season's tally to 646 runs in four innings with his six-and-a-quarter-hour knock against the Black Caps.

With that first Test and then a second on his home ground at Headingley to come, it is conceivable that Root could yet become the first Englishman in 75 years, and only the sixth ever, to pass 1,000 runs by the end of May.

Root's Yorkshire and England teammate Jonathan Bairstow made 68 before he fell lbw to seamer Trent Boult.

Root's lengthy innings was finally ended when Black Caps paceman Doug Bracewell got one past a forward defensive shot to knock over his off stump.

All-rounder Ravi Bopara made an unbeaten 42 as the game ended in rainy stalemate, the Lions making 444-7 in reply to New Zealand's first innings 285.

Match Details

9th - 12th May 2013
England Lions won the toss and elected to bowl.
Grace Road, Leicester
J W Jeremy, P R Paul

england lions BATTING CARD

Batsman R
M.A. Carberry c Brownlie b Martin 77
V. Chopra c McCullum b Southee 4
J.E. Root b Bracewell 179
C.J.C. Wright c Southee b Boult 5
J.W.A. Taylor c Watling b Boult 2
J.M. Bairstow lbw Boult 68
R.S. Bopara Not out 42
C.R. Woakes b Bracewell 1
T.S. Roland-Jones Not out 22
Extras 2 5w, 8b, 11lb 44
Total 114.0 Overs 444 - 7
Full Batting Card

new zealand BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
T.A. Boult 25 5 86 3
T.G. Southee 19 3 65 1
D.A.J. Bracewell 27 7 95 2
B.P. Martin 25 4 117 1
K.S. Williamson 18 2 62 0
Full Bowling Card