Cook: Important we start well
Alastair Cook has reiterated England's ambition "to stamp their mark on the game" early come the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington.
The tourists, for the fifth consecutive occasion, started a Test series with a first-innings score of under 200 in Dunedin, where the right-handed Jonathan Trott's 45 was as good as it got in a weak total of 167 all out.
England's second innings, however, was a redemptive effort - thanks largely to centuries from Cook and fellow opener Nick Compton, complemented by nightwatchman Steven Finn's maiden half-century.
Their collective effort was enough to force a draw, ensuring little harm came of New Zealand debutant Hamish Rutherford's 171 and the eight wickets shared by seamer Neil Wagner and spinner Bruce Martin.
"In a three-Test series, in the second after the first was a draw, both sides will be eager to impress. As proven in Dunedin, if you get your noses ahead you put yourself in with a great chance to win the game, so it's important we start well," said Cook.
"I think we can take some confidence from that fightback in Dunedin. The first couple of days, we were put under some pressure. Then to respond with the bat, like we did, was excellent from the team.
"That's twice in two Test matches we've had to do that, and to be able to come through those challenges is only good for us as a team."
Cook echoed coach Andy Flower and vice-captain Matthew Prior's sentiments earlier this week, insisting an alleged lack of appropriate preparation led England's downfall in the series opener.
"In back-to-back Tests, it's very hard to do too much differently. Clearly, we didn't perform well in the first innings in Dunedin. But I thought our preparation was pretty good - it was more of a mental blip for the side," he added.
"It shows if you're not quite on it - even if the first couple of batters play a soft shot - that can transfer to the rest of the team."
Batsman Kevin Pietersen, meanwhile, has recovered from an injury to his right knee sustained while fielding last week - and will be named in the playing XI. The Black Caps, too, are likely to name an unchanged team.