Theres a break in the clouds and its time for the sound of leather upon willow and the start of the International Cricket season between two evenly matched sides.
Conditions in the UK most resemble those found in NZ and the batting line up of Kenny's boy Hamish Rutherford, Peter Fulton, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Brendan McCullum hold no fear of the swinging ball, which should favour an attack of Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell and Tim Southee. Englands 12 for this test will probably see the omission of Bresnan though its should be Broad
There's a few things to wonder about in this series:
You wonder if :England have learned to pitch the ball up to Brendan NcCullum and not bowl short.
You wonder if Dan Vettori's absence fromn this series realy matters that muc,h since Dan was outbowled by Ashley Giles in 2004 and Monty Panesar in 2008. Could this be the turn for Bruce Martin and has Graham Swann's shoulder reasly recovered from surgery.
You wonder if,and it's a big if, Englands front four get to tea no more than two down whether a combination of Cook, Compton, Trott and Bell really can press home the advantage..
You wonder if someone will shout out "get Rooted" when young Joe comes toi the crease.
You wonder if the Kiwis failure to knock over the last six England wickets on that final day in Auckland leaves any mental scarring.
Black days for the Black Caps or Black Armbands all round at the ECB ?
First Test to be drawn due to weather intervening but then...