Unbeaten on 81, Ollie Pope ensures England are favourites to make it 3-nil


Aryan Surana

An outstanding partnership between Ollie Pope and Joe Root in the evening session on Day 4 tilted the scales in England's favour as they chase 296 against New Zealand in a bid to seal the series 3-0. For the third day in a row, England finished the day in command of proceedings and barring a miraculous turnaround on the final day, the hosts will fancy their chances of inflicting a clean sweep over the World Test champions. New Zealand wouldn't have seen this salvo from Pope and Root coming their way after they managed to send back the openers inside 13 overs.