The toast in on saviour Finn

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The drinks will be on Steven Finn when he returns home after his nightwatchman heroics helped England salvage a draw in the first Test against New Zealand.

Come what may in two more matches of a series England were expected by many to win easily, Finn has already earned rich reward from his team-mates for almost five hours of defiance on the final day in Dunedin.

Captain Alastair Cook and James Anderson, previous incumbent as England’s resident nightwatchman, both promised to ship two cases of wine to Finn’s house as an incentive during his maiden half-century - not just in Tests but any professional cricket.

Shunted up from No 9 to 3, Finn made a nonsense of his previous first-class best 32 with a painstaking 56 which delayed the Kiwis for 203 balls and allowed England to reach 421 for six - 128 runs in front thanks too to Cook’s 24th Test century, fellow opener Nick Compton’s first and 52 from Jonathan Trott.

It all means England can head after all for the second Test in Wellington still all square, despite their first-innings collapse to 167 all out.