England captain Alastair Cook's game is in tatters and his brain is scrambled, according to batting great Geoff Boycott.
An unbroken third wicket stand of 55 between Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor enabled New Zealand to get to lunch on day one of the second test against the West Indies on 79 for two.
New Zealand are batting first for a second successive test against West Indies after skipper Brendon McCullum lost the toss on a green Basin Reserve pitch.
New Zealand's failure to beat the West Indies in the first cricket test was borne of insecurity and perhaps a mistrust of cleverness.
The Basin Reserve flyover could put a new spin on bowling conditions at the historic cricket ground, experts say.
Coach Mike Hesson says New Zealand's performance in the first cricket test against the West Indies was "close to perfect" even though the team had to settle for a draw.
Embattled spinner Graeme Swann is adamant England is not scared of Mitchell Johnson.
Kane Williamson is confirmed to return, leaving a decision on the final pace bowling spot in New Zealand's 11 to face West Indies in tomorrow's second cricket test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
If England found it tough going against Mitchell Johnson in Brisbane and Adelaide, they're set to experience a whole new level of pain on what's shaping up to be a bouncy WACA wicket.
English batsman Jonathan Trott has returned home from the Ashes cricket series that is under way in Australia.