Darren Sammy all smiles after a great escape
When Darren Sammy smiles, his pearly whites beam and they were beaming when Brendon McCullum informed him the follow-on was being enforced on day three of the first cricket test.
Sammy wasn't happy his side were 396 behind, but he was happy that on a flat University Oval wicket in Dunedin, his side had a chance to "put a lot of yards" in the New Zealand bowlers' legs.
And they did. New Zealand spent the thick end of eight sessions in the field in the first test, which ended in a rain-truncated draw yesterday.
New Zealand spent 224.2 overs in the field, 141 of those split between Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner.
Sammy was hopeful that would give his side an advantage in the second test, starting in Wellington on Wednesday.
"After they took the last wicket in the first innings, Brendon said to me ‘we are going to bowl again'. I said ‘thank you very much, Brendon'.
"Their bowlers toiled [62.1 then 162.1 overs) and that's a lot of yards in the legs.
"I guess my bowlers will be much fresher than their bowlers, so hopefully we can go into the second test and they'll be a bit tired and we will be a fresher team."
McCullum admitted the pace trio's workload could affect how they played the second test.
That could mean a chance for Central Districts' Doug Bracewell, but it could also mean the New Zealanders are more likely to bat first at the Basin.
"It depends on how the next couple of days go," he said.
"They put in a tremendous amount of work over the last few days and I couldn't ask for any more than what they've given. But they're young guys and they're very fit, strong and they love playing cricket for their country.
"It's certainly a factor, but we'll be OK."
Sammy said there was a chance spinner Sunil Narine, who bamboozled New Zealand in the Caribbean last year, could come into the side and possibly join Shane Shillingford as a tricky spin duo.
McCullum was hopeful Kane Williamson, who scored a hundred in Hawke Cup cricket yesterday, would be back, but was happy with what he saw from Williamson's replacement, Aaron Redmond.