Century from openers gives England hope
Alastair Cook and Nick Compton's third century stand in 10 Test match attempts gave England hope that they might yet salvage a draw against New Zealand at the University Oval.
England found themselves needing to bat the majority of five and a half sessions to stay level after this first match of three. By tea, their openers had erased 139 of their 293-run arrears without loss or significant alarm, Compton's share a career-best 60 and Cook's 64.
Compton, who began with work still to do if he is to confirm himself as the captain's partner for next summer's Ashes, was a little more firmly established in that role after his second Test 50.
He played and missed several times and survived an optimistic DRS procedure for caught-behind on 16 but was otherwise largely assured in a 143-ball half-century which was completed when he met Bruce Martin on the full to clip three runs past midwicket.
The tourists' batsmen were profligate first time round, and Cook and Compton were determined to set the tone for the much more disciplined performance England so badly needed. They did so admirably for 54 overs, in which Trent Boult in particular strangled the scoring rate but no bowler carried a worrying threat on this reliable pitch.
New Zealand had licence to attack when they batted on for 40 minutes of another cool and cloudy morning - a situation which perfectly suited Brendon McCullum (74). From a start-of-play 402 for seven, the Kiwis bagged another 58 runs for two wickets in under nine overs before the declaration came. McCullum's share was 30 from just 17 balls, including two sixes off James Anderson and one off Stuart Broad.
He began with a mighty pull off Broad high into the trees at deep square-leg, and then repeated the dose off Anderson at the other end before also striking him high over long-off for good measure. Debutant tailender Martin was no slouch either, in a stand of 77 which ended when McCullum aimed another huge hit at Broad (three for 118) but succeeded only in propelling the ball vertically.
Anderson was the man under the skier at midwicket, and his hands were mercifully safe.
Still New Zealand pressed on until Martin was ninth out, caught behind trying to pull and giving Steven Finn his only wicket of the innings.
That was the point at which the pressure was squarely back on England, and met convincingly by the two men at the top of their order.