England were unable to press the accelerator on the second morning of the second Test against New Zealand, after the immediate loss of overnight centurion Jonathan Trott at the Basin Reserve.
Trott failed to add to his 121, caught-behind off the first ball he faced from Trent Boult - slanted across him by the left-armer and taking a thin edge behind. Thereafter, in the first hour of a windy but bright day, Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell were mostly watchful - and occasionally unconvincing - on the way to 298 for three.
Pietersen could turn his start-of-play 18 into only 38, from 93 balls, and Bell too took his time to get in. With a rainy forecast still in place for the final two days here, there was an obvious temptation for England to try to press on in this middle match of three - with the series level at 0-0 after a Dunedin stalemate last week.
Pietersen gave an indication of his intent when he greeted the introduction of Bruce Martin's spin by going up the wicket and hitting the slow left-armer for six over long-on first ball.
That, though, was the only moment of significant aggression - and after Trott and Nick Compton's studied centuries yesterday, an injection of pace was still awaited as the Kiwi attack bowled accurately on a benign surface.