Captain Joe Root and Rory Burns both hit centuries against New Zealand to give England a lift on day three of the second Test.
There was plenty to talk about as England gained a platform to build on in Hamilton before rain ended play.
Here, Sportsmail columnist David Lloyd was present as always to cast his expert opinion over the action...
Relieved Joe Root is setting the example for England
Captain Joe Root was back in the old routine, as he went to his hundred with a broad smile. You could see the relief, having at last got into some sort of nick. It was hard work at the beginning, and he needed a fair amount of graft.
But his innings blossomed, and the most pleasing thing was his rhythm at the crease. He said he felt good and a big score was around the corner. He was even using that dreaded phrase, ‘hitting them well in the nets’. It’s good for England that the captain is setting the example.
Joe Root looked relieved after finding his rhythm at the crease and sealing his century
Kiwis invited England to go hunting... Rory Burns resisted
Rory Burns went to his second Test century after hanging on by the skin of his teeth on the second evening. He was much more measured on Sunday, and didn’t chase the ball. New Zealand, being 1-0 up in the series, are in a position to hide the ball outside off stump, and invite England to go hunting. Burns resisted the temptation, and accumulated his runs at his pace, giving England a terrific platform.
No conclusive evidence that Burns was run out
Moments later, Burns was needlessly run out. He knocked the ball in front of square, and Root called two, but the main caller in that situation should have been Burns: he’s hit it, he can see it. Rather than respond to Root’s urgings, he should have turned the two down.
To compound this, he didn’t dive for the crease. His decision went to review, and I personally didn’t see conclusive evidence that he was out. He was probably out, but