Rutherford makes England toil
England were bereft of outstanding evidence as to the identity of their third Test match seamer after Hamish Rutherford made them toil for much of day two at the Queenstown Events Centre ground.
Stuart Broad, by far the likeliest of the pace bowlers on show here who could feasibly assist James Anderson and Steven Finn when a three-match series gets under way in Dunedin next week, was more threatening than Graham Onions and Chris Woakes but not significantly more successful.
None of the trio found much reward for their efforts as Rutherford (90) provided the substance in New Zealand XI's 224 for six in reply to 426 all out.
After Ian Bell (158) was finally last out for England on the second morning, they drew a blank in an hour's bowling up to lunch - and although Graeme Swann struck immediately afterwards, there was to be no sudden surge of further progress.
Instead, Rutherford stayed until well into the evening session - hitting 13 fours and a six from 149 balls - and then Dean Brownlie (63), with whom he shared a fourth-wicket stand of 81, continued England's frustrations.
Rutherford was already the front-runner to get the nod next week, and all the more so after his opening partner was the one to go as their stand of 56 was broken when Swann had him moving across his stumps and lbw as he pushed to leg.
Carl Cachopa then began with intent, up the wicket to the fourth ball he faced and hitting a six high over long-on off Swann.
That was the number three's only scoring shot, though, before Broad found some extra bounce and had him fencing low to second slip - where Swann took a neat catch. Neil Broom also started confidently but was run out by a direct hit from Kevin Pietersen at point after being called through for a single by Rutherford.
Broad switched tactics after tea to try to discomfort Rutherford with some short balls, to little effect. Instead, it was Woakes who finally did the trick when a lack of decisive foot movement perhaps undid Rutherford who was bowled by a delivery which kept a little low.
Brownlie was not for shifting, though, on his way to and beyond a convincing 112-ball half-century - until he was caught behind down the leg-side in the penultimate over of the day off Jonathan Trott. Then when Swann doubled up with Jimmy Neesham lbw with the final ball of the day, England's position was more favourable than had long seemed likely.