England captain Joe Root tweaked his hip while fielding against New Zealand A

Root jarred his hip while making a boundary save and left the field for treatment but returned later on to ease concerns over his fitness less than a week before the first Test against the Black Caps in Tauranga.

The 28-year-old’s bowlers – who had appeared rusty earlier this week as a New Zealand XI made 285-4 against them in a day – were hit for 302-6 declared by a strong New Zealand A outfit before closing on 26-1 at Cobham Oval, Rory Burns (14) the man to fall.

Glenn Phillips struck 116, having been dropped on 27 by Dom Sibley at slip off Ben Stokes and twice been knocked over by Jofra Archer (2-58).

Archer dismissed Hamish Rutherford (59) and Tom Blundell (60) after they had made half-centuries but Sam Curran (0-53) – preferred to Chris Woakes in a possible indication that he will get the nod for the final seam-bowling spot in the first Test from Wednesday – went wicketless.

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