Fast bowler Stuart Broad remained confident of being named in England's XI for next week's first Test despite an average performance - and fitness concerns - on day two of the four-day tour fixture against a New Zealand XI.
Broad managed just one wicket, that of the right-handed Carl Cachopa, in Queenstown on Thursday, as the hosts reached 224 for six in reply to the tourists' 426 all out.
Chachopa's dismissal afforded the seamer his maiden first-class wicket of the year, after a heel injury sidelined him for two months in late December. He has since returned to the limited-overs XI, and is likely to play alongside fellow right-armers James Anderson and Steven Finn come the series opener in Dunedin.
"The heel injury is still around. It's going to be around for quite a while. I do need to manage that. It still gets a bit tender towards the back-end of spells but that's to be expected," said Broad.
"I didn't feel it too much on Thursday, and I hope it will pull up pretty well on Friday. I'll sleep well. It always takes a bit of getting used to but I got through the spells pretty well, it's an encouraging sign.
"The build-up throughout this tour has been really good for me, starting with Twenty20 cricket, going into the ODI format - and now we have pretty much four back-to-back games.
"So the workload is going to be tough. But you just need to manage that well, and I feel like I'm doing that at the moment. That's why you play these games. You want time in the field, you want to be able to bowl back-to-back spells, but also you want to win the games."
The visiting attack were genuinely tested by the left-handed Hamish Rutherford and right-handed Dean Brownlie, who scored 90 and 63 respectively at the Queenstown Events Centre. Right-armer Graham Onions went without a wicket, while the uncapped Chris Woakes was relatively expensive.
"As a bowling unit, I think we're pretty happy with how the day has gone. We maybe could have forced the issue a little bit from 35 to 60 overs, where the ball didn't do a huge amount for us," added Broad.
"But we kept it pretty tight and at the end of the day, six wickets from 74 overs you'd take against a pretty good side. I think the wicket changed quite a bit throughout the afternoon."