So that was pink ball test cricket. Waddya reckon?

First it needs to be recognised New Zealand Cricket were dead stiff with events, or lack of them, on days two and three, courtesy of the long-predicted weather.

A rough count would have a day and a half's play being lost in terms of overs from the match, allowing for making up time on days four and five.

There had been hopes of about 10,000 spectators on each of the first three days. The rain did for that ambition.

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Things began promisingly with 10,400 on Thursday, and they were rewarded with one of the most remarkable days in New Zealand test history – England rolled for 58 and New Zealand up to 175 for three by stumps.

But overall NZC will be disappointed at the turnout, albeit a touch philosophical considering the rain. The prospect of a victory yesterday didn't exactly pull the fans in, it being a working Monday.

Still NZC will want to look at hosting more pink ball tests, as they should, but try another location.

Neil Wagner of the Black Caps celebrates after claiming the wicket of Ben Stokes of England during day five of the First Test match between New Zealand and England. Photo / Photosport.co.nz
Neil Wagner of the Black Caps celebrates after claiming the wicket of Ben Stokes of England during day five of the First Test match between New Zealand and England. Photo / Photosport.co.nz

Mount Maunganui's Blake Park has some appeal. It has quality lighting and as with anything new, there is a keenness to make its mark. Hamilton perhaps?

This was the ninth day-night test around the world and the evidence suggests something well worth persevering with.

But any test which is live going into the final session on day five has a bit about it as a contest.

What is it with Eden Park and thrilling finishes?

Considering it is an unloved test ground, all concrete and weird angles, it's now had three cracking denouements in its last three test matches – the England draw in 2013 and the 40-run win over India a season later.

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NZC did well setting up an area on the outer oval for youngsters to run about along with a decent range of food options and a big screen. That's good thinking, and worked well.

And New Zealand got a win to cap it off. Take out the rain and the fans couldn't ask for much more.

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