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Cricket World Player of the Week - Joe Root

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Under pressure after dwindling returns, Joe Root roared back to form with a magnificent 226-run knock and also became the only touring skipper to score a double century in New Zealand.

Joe Root was under tremendous pressure after averaging just 27.40 after the first Test against New Zealand and his twin failures in the first Test. Coupled with England's dwindling returns in the longest format, it was beginning to take its toll on him.

However, Root only reiterated that form is temporary but class is permanent with a magnificent 226 run-knock. With this, he became the only touring skipper to score a Test double century in New Zealand.

This is his highest score as England captain, overtaking his previous best of 190 against South Africa. The double ton is also Root's highest overseas score, the last being 182 in West Indies.

The skipper was visibly pleased after his return to form.

"Felt pretty good from the start of the innings, was a tricky period at the start. I just tried to get the rhythm back in my batting, few technical things," he said after the second Test against New Zealand was drawn as the hosts bagged the series 1-0.

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