Kiwis take heart from battling draw
New Zealand stumbled but, as in the first innings, they regrouped and fought back and they will take a great deal of heart from their performance here.
England must add another disappointment to a growing list of matches at Lord's that they have failed to win on the final day despite being in a good position.
The most obvious plus for England was Michael Vaughan's century which has killed off any talk of pressure on his place in the team. The captain can now relax and, hopefully, we will see many more innings like this one.
Stuart Broad had a good game and was unlucky to get just one wicket in New Zealand's second innings, and Monty Panesar caused all the New Zealanders problems. Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook both looked in good touch at the top of the order.
But the list of credits in the New Zealand camp is somewhat longer. Jacob Oram produced a wonderful hundred this afternoon in which he combined discipline and patience with his ability to play lots of big shots.
He came in with New Zealand in a potentially dire situation and Brendon McCullum nursing a badly bruised arm. When Ryan Sidebottom finally bowled him for 101, the game was saved and he helped Daniel Flynn settle in to the pressure of Test cricket - another positive.
Jamie How made a battling 68, McCullum's 97 in the first innings was superb and the seam bowling, led by Chris Martin, was impressive. Daniel Vettori was brilliant.
But there are issues at the top of New Zealand's order where Aaron Redmond, James Marshall and Ross Taylor look extremely vulnerable to the moving ball, and if the Old Trafford pitch has some bounce, they could well struggle there too.
Ironically the Test ended with the arrival of bad light - it will largely be remembered for the time that was lost to the elements unfortunately. There are no easy answers, but I would like to see the onus placed more firmly on the batsmen who should be asked, in my view, if they believe that they in physical danger by batting on.
It is only a minor detail, but it is proving too easy for them to take the easy option at the moment and the paying public is missing out.