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We fought back well - Flower
England must leave day two of the first Test in Dunedin behind, but carry memories of their successful rearguard with them to Wellington for the second match of three against New Zealand.
Andy Flower is delighted to be leaving all square, after his team salvaged a draw thanks to hundreds from Nick Compton and Alastair Cook - and the nightwatchman heroics from Steven Finn. But England's Test coach will not easily forget the failings of the first innings.
"It was a great fightback, after a poor start," he said. "I liked the way the team fought back, firstly in the field on a very flat deck and secondly with the bat. We had a long time to bat - and even on flat pitches, when you are batting under that type of pressure where a mistake might cost the match, I thought they did an outstanding job."
He was far from happy, however, with their 167 all out inside two sessions after a first-day washout.
"We were sloppy in the first innings, there's no doubt about that," he added. "It was a good batting pitch. It moved around a little early on, as most Test pitches do, but we were ordinary in that first innings."
In the end, after New Zealand had piled up a mammoth lead of 293 thanks largely to Hamish Rutherford's 171 on debut - and then Cook and Compton shared a record opening stand of 231 - Finn emerged as England's unlikely batting hero.
Shunted up from number nine to three, the fast bowler dug in for his maiden half-century in professional cricket - and more importantly, took almost five hours out of the game in the process.
"Steven Finn has worked incredibly hard on all facets of his game, including his batting," said Flower. "Some of the hours and sweat he's put in with Graham Gooch in preparation have paid off, and you can see technically he's pretty sound.
"He's a very good young man, and we saw the result of him fighting for England as hard as he could - and he did a brilliant job for us. I know he really enjoyed it, and enjoyed the support from the dressing room.
"He did a great job for the side, and he can play an important role down the order for us in the future."