Old Trafford outcome in balance
By keeping all but one of their second innings wickets intact in the final 27 overs of the day at Old Trafford, England find themselves well-placed to win a game that, at lunch, they had seemed destined to lose.
It was one of those crazy days of Test cricket in which 16 wickets fell and fortunes shifted dramatically throughout.
That England are back in the game is thanks to New Zealand's rather curious uncertainty when they batted with a lead of 179, and Monty Panesar's bowling down wind at the Statham End.
Interestingly, he picked up his wickets in a different fashion to Daniel Vettori who, in England's first innings, favoured the more orthodox caught at slip from the outside edge method.
By contrast, four of Panesar's came from lbw appeals and two as a result of aggressive blows by the batsmen, and in taking 6-37 he preyed on New Zealand's apparent indecisiveness.
England's collapse in the morning session, in which they lost six wickets for 50, was pretty feeble. Yes, the ball spun, but they only escaped the follow-on by the skin of their teeth and, frankly, looked a pretty sorry bunch - with the possible exception of Stuart Broad, who made 30 valuable runs.
Vettori completed the rout with his 15th five-wicket haul in Tests, and he will certainly be New Zealand's danger man on the fourth day.
The pitch is now thoroughly untrustworthy. That does not make it a bad strip, but it is one that is giving the bowlers much more help than is usually the case.
Indeed, had the ferocious gale not blown straight down the ground and made it very difficult for the pace bowlers to operate from one end, the game might have been over by now - but it will definitely end on the fourth day, weather permitting, and the forecast is not at all bad.
England will be merely looking to chip away at every run, while an early wicket will lift New Zealand and increase the pressure in the home dressing room.
If they make it, England will have scored their fifth highest fourth innings total to win a Test match - and in tricky conditions, too.
For that reason, New Zealand will start the day as narrow favourites, but they do appear to be a bowler short because of a shoulder injury to Jacob Oram.