This was not one of England's finest days.
This is a Test match being played with one eye on the weather chart, as if trying to keep apace with Duckworth-Lewis in an ODI.
Bowlers can be forgiving people.
Four months from the Ashes and Australian cricket is a global laughing stock after four players were dropped from this week's third Test in India for not handing in their homework – with the most senior, the vice-captain Shane Watson, returning home.
Stumps on Day 3 (after bad light suspended play) - New Zealand 402 for 7 (Rutherford 171, Fulton 55, Anderson 4-108)
After a humiliating opening for England, New Zealand took total control of the first Test on the third morning which produced 124 runs for the loss of two wickets.
Bruce Martin and Hamish Rutherford shared memorable debuts as England’s habit of starting tours sluggishly continued. Rana Malook braved the graveyard shift to follow the day’s play at Dunedin.
One game into his return to the County Championship and Kevin Pietersen’s case for an international recall has not exactly moved forward.
In the wake of James Anderson becoming England's leading wicket-taker of all-time, former captain Mike Gatting has been singing his praises to HITC Sport.
If Kevin Pietersen is truly locked in battle with England’s middle-order for an Ashes berth this summer, then round one has gone to the incumbents.