It strikes us that New Zealand are a side who can benefit from a good old-fashioned batting line-up with a trio of blockers at the top of the order followed by the strokemakers.
Kiwi batsmen do tend to be one or the other and an early stultathon will set the scene for Ross Taylor, Jesse Ryder and Brendon McCullum, who are all too good against unthreatening bowling to waste earlier on when they’ll need to play the odd forward defensive.
Tim McIntosh was the new man at the top of the order and promptly took 45 minutes to get off the mark. That’s the stuff, Tim. You leave that ball. Leave it to hell. Leave its arse off and then prop forward with no intent whatsoever.
Then do it some more.