James Anderson had to channel his frustrations on Friday as Hamish Rutherford showed England how to bat on a flat pitch at the University Oval.
England's pace spearhead finally dismissed Rutherford, at his first attempt with the second new ball, but not before New Zealand's debutant opener had piled up a record 171 on day three of the first Test. Replying to the tourists' hapless 167 all out, the Kiwis reached 402 for seven by stumps.
"I batted on it and thought it was a pretty good deck. For me to get 20, it must be fairly flat. Most Test pitches are, and we know that," said Anderson, who ended the day with four for 108. "But we can't dwell too much on our first innings; we've got to think about...batting much better in the second innings."
England know they will get their turn to do that soon enough, weather permitting in a match already badly affected by rain after a washout on day one.
They can be marginally encouraged by an improved performance with the ball, in Anderson's estimation, after New Zealand had raced to 131 for none on Thursday.