Feb 28 2013
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.
The opener therefore cemented his claims to a Test debut next week, when he is likely to partner Peter Fulton.
Tom Latham and Rutherford, both left-handed sons of former New Zealand batsmen, are in the reckoning for a maiden Test of their own.
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 Graeme Swann had him moving across his stumps and lbw as he pushed to leg.