It always seemed likely this was going to be one of those Stuart Broad days from the moment, five overs into New Zealand's invertebrate second innings, that Hamish Rutherford's off stump was uprooted and sent spinning back in the direction of the pavilion like a dying catherine wheel.
As Joe Root bats out a solid 71 on a difficult Lords track Amit Acharya looks at his potential to become an all-time great.
This may be a chilled spring hors d'oeuvres before the temperature rises (hopefully) with the Champions Trophy and the Ashes later in the summer, but England have a score to settle with the Black Caps after scrambling to a 0-0 draw in New Zealand earlier in the year.
Alastair Cook struggles to stifle a yawn before, giving into the inevitable, he covers his mouth and shakes his head.
Will controversial yet sensational cricket Kevin Pietersen walk away from England test cricket once the upcoming two series against Australia are over? Amit Acharya believes so.
England back to old ways after a promising start to the summer.
Alastair Cook still believes England can regain the Ashes this summer but he has told the struggling batsmen Ian Bell and Gary Ballance they must go away and put their games in order before the first Test against Australia in Cardiff on 8 July.
Under the Leeds sun, while the crowd celebrated, the master and his pupil flourished. Alastair Cook is playing the 114th match of a Test career that goes back to 2006, a madcap dash from Antigua to Nagpur, and 164 runs on his debut there as a precursor to his record-breaking.