James Anderson had to channel his frustrations today 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.
The best score against England by any batsman in his first Test innings put the tourists’ hapless 167 all out into cruel but fair context as the Kiwis reached 402 for seven by stumps.
Anderson’s temper was frayed several times on his way to hard-earned figures of four for 108 - no surprise really, after he had watched England’s batsmen squander their wickets 24 hours earlier.
He and his fellow frontline seamer Steven Finn shared the highest stand of England’s faulty innings, in fact, at numbers nine and 10.
Their hosts then replied with an opening stand of 158 between Rutherford and Peter Fulton to lay the foundation for a lead which stood at 235 with two days remaining.
“I batted on it and thought it was a pretty good deck,” said Anderson.
“For me to get 20, it must be fairly flat.
“Most Test pitches are, and we know that.
“But we can’t dwell too much on our first innings; we’ve got to think about ... batting much better in the second innings.”