Prior: 'Hats off to the bowlers'
Two late wickets from Stuart Broad gave England a hard-earned advantage for which they were thankful after day two of the second Test.
Matt Prior (82) and Kevin Pietersen (73) augmented Nick Compton and Jonathan Trott's first-day hundreds to give the tourists a total of 465 all out against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve.
Then Broad struck twice in two balls as the Kiwis closed on a shaky 66 for three.
Prior, for one, was happy with that outcome - but knows it is only a start if England are going to press on for victory, and a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
"We certainly would have taken this at the start of the day," he said.
"Those couple of wickets at the end turned that last session, obviously.
"Hats off to the bowlers for grabbing that opportunity."
Rain is predicted for the final two days, but England will not allow that to cloud their judgment.
"We can't worry about weather forecasts - the amount of times they've been horribly wrong, it's not something we're thinking about," added Prior.
"The wicket has changed enough to show it's going to deteriorate.
"It spun a little bit today as well, so that's good news for Monty (Panesar).
"There's still that bit of pace and carry, which we've seen tonight. So there's plenty for us to work with."
The key for England's bowlers, their wicketkeeper believes, is to keep things simple.
"It's just about...not chasing the game too much," he said.
"When you get in a position like this, you can try to force it."
Prior's runs were crucial and ensured England did not squander a promising position, thanks especially to his eighth-wicket stand of 83 with Steven Finn.
"It was nice to contribute," he said.
"But more important for me today was the contribution from Steven Finn."
England will also be heartened today to hear off-spinner Graeme Swann has had the scheduled operation on his bowling elbow, and is hoping to be fit again by early next summer.
"It's great news it went well, and he's on the mend," said Prior.
"We hope he'll come back very soon."
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